Blames Indian news channels for creating ‘hatred’
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said this was not the first that Kashmir was facing “tough times” but has witnessed worse situations since 1947.
“It is not for the first time that the state is facing tough times. Such things have happened since 1947. For 22 years, leaders of the state were fighting for self-determination, then they were compelled to do the Sheikh-India accord after they realised that talks were the only solution to (Kashmir) issue. I have seen situations in 1996 when people were not coming out of their homes, making it impossible to even hold an election campaign,” Mehbooba told reporters here after receiving a guard of honour on the opening day of the Durbar Move at the civil secretariat.
The government resumed work in Srinagar secretariat after six months, a practice in vogue since the time of the Dogra monarchy.
Mehbooba said the situation has been “serious” in Kashmir, “but not so bad that it can’t be brought to normalcy. I don’t believe that it can’t be resolved. It is the responsibility of everyone, including the media, to help the government in restoring peace in the Valley,” she added.
She also turned down the narrative that stone fighting incidents were growing in the Valley.
“Everyone is not pelting stones and shouting slogans. It is wrong to say that every youth in the Valley is a stone-pelter. Had it been the case, the youth of the state would not have excelled in every field. Our youth are topping the IAS and in sports and are earning their name in national-level competitive exams,” she said.
Mehbooba blamed Indian news channels for creating “hatred” against Kashmiris through television discussions. She said such treatment creates ill-feeling and affects the tourism sector.