September 2016 News

Mehbooba Mufti On Valley Unrest: Easy To Become CM, Tough To Handle J&K

9 September 2016
The Indian Express
Arun Sharma

Kot: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday said it is easy to become the chief minister but 'very difficult' to handle the state after that. She said that during the ongoing protests, the government has had to take on not armed militants but 'small children who had been put before us to confront'. Asking what she could have done in the given scenario, Mehbooba said no other government could have performed better, and that under the circumstances her government 'fulfilled its responsibility'. 'Today an elderly man going for dialysis, or a pregnant woman to a doctor, is not scared of police, CRPF or Army personnel, but of a 14- or 16-year-old with a stone in his hand,' Mehbooba said on the sidelines of an event to lay the foundation stone of a Govern-ment Degree College building on the outskirts of Jammu. J&K, she said, is 'not a normal state', and 'perhaps keeping this in mind' former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took 'such a bold decision' of aligning with the BJP. '(PM Narendra) Modi-sahib also understood this, and the two joined hands,' she said. Her critics, she said, forget that the issues of J&K cannot be solved by the CM of the PM but by the entire country, and that all parties need to join hands. 'Things also depend on the attitude of Pakistan (towards India),' she added. Pointing out that the situation was peaceful under the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, she said the dialogue process with Pakistan 'unfortunately got stopped' when the UPA came to power in 2004.