Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that it is time to ponder whether killings, bank robberies, and snatching of weapons are the solution to the Kashmir issue.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 2nd annual Medical Science Congress held at the SKICC here, Mehbooba referring to the killing of army officer Umar Fayaz of Kulgam, whose bullet-ridden body was recovered on Wednesday morning said that the killing of Kashmiris is not a solution to Kashmir.
Without mentioning Hurriyat Conference or militants, she said that there are people who on the one hand seek a solution to the Kashmir issue and on the other hand mercilessly kill innocent Kashmiris.
“People like Fayaz who come from poor and simple families want to achieve something with their hard work, but are brutally killed within a moment. Before this, bank staffers and policemen have been killed. I want to ask those who speak of a solution (to Kashmir), is this the solution to Kashmir?” Mehbooba said.
Earlier, in her welcome address to the delegates visiting the Medical Science Congress, Mehbooba castigated Indian television media of carrying false propaganda against Kashmir.
“I welcome delegates from outside the state who have come here in spite of the propagandas that we watch on (Indian) electronic media every night. Many times, I was told by tourists who visit Kashmir that when they are in a shikara or in a houseboat, they are amused and amazed and have to pinch themselves (to realize) whether they are in the same place that is being shown on news channels,” she said.
Stressing on the need for collective and collaborative efforts by researchers and medical practitioners to address the growing spread of non-communicable diseases (NCD), she said that due to changes in lifestyle over the years, non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments, cancers, etc, have shown an increasing incidence.
Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat said at the conference that the recommendations made in the conference would be very useful in tackling the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases. Minister of State for Health & Medical Education Asiea Naqash in her address stressed on undertaking substantive research to know the preventive measures to be taken to arrest the growing trend of non-communicable diseases.
Director-General of ICMR, Dr Soumaya Swaminathan, Director of AIIMS, Prof Randeep Guleria, and Director of SKIMS, Prof Ahangar and Professor of Endocrinology at SKIMS, Dr Ashraf, in their address stressed on the need for young scientists to do quality research work.
The chief minister released a souvenir of the conference and launched the website of MPPCOS Society, besides felicitating renowned medical researchers Prof Robert Rosenfield, Prof Ghulam Jeelani Mufti, Prof MS Khuru, and Prof Randeep Guleria for their outstanding contribution to the medical field.
About 1,000 delegates from within and outside the state as well as from other countries are in Srinagar to attend the conference. The conference will have 10 international experts delivering lectures on various medical issues.