Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday sought the ‘wholehearted cooperation’ of the people in restoration of peace and normalcy in Kashmir to prevent further loss of precious lives and destruction of public and private properties. She said her government was taking various measures to restore calm and it needed support of the people.
“I appeal all sections of the society including the political leaders, media, the religious heads, the business community and the prominent citizens to rise to the occasion and help the government in restoring peace and normalcy in the Kashmir in the wake of the prevailing law and order situation,” Mehbooba said while interacting with the representatives of various civil society groups and prominent citizens. The representatives were called to her private office.
An official spokesman said that during the 2-hour-long meeting, the Chief Minister apprised the civil society members of the government’s initiatives to restore peace and normalcy and also sought their suggestions on how to bring the things back on track.
Mehbooba said the police and the paramilitary forces have been asked to exercise maximum restrain to avoid loss of lives or grievous injuries. She regretted that ‘some elements’ were hell bent upon fomenting trouble, mayhem and bloodshed in Kashmir for their vested interests and were playing with the lives of the innocent youth by instigating them to indulge in extreme violence resulting in a vicious cycle of frenzy and bloodshed.
The Chief Minister said while certain quarters are only interested in playing politics over the dead bodies of the youth, it is the family members of these slain youth who have to live with this pain forever. “Most of these families are living in such miserable conditions that they have to even struggle for day-to-day living,” she said.
Saying that education and economy are the first casualties of the prevailing situation, the Chief Minister said the future of our children is at stake and they won’t be able to compete with their counterparts from other parts of the state and the country because of the loss of precious time.
The Chief Minister said imposing restrictions in prevailing circumstances has become an inevitability to avoid violent protests and consequent loss of precious human lives. “We prefer imposing restrictions rather than putting the lives of people at risk,” she said adding, “I appeal all the people to cooperate in restoration of peace for the sake of people of Kashmir and their well being.”
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Navin Kumar Choudhary and Secretary Tourism Farooq Ahmad Shah were also present during the interaction.
The civil society representatives included Mohammad Yasin Khan and Mohammad Iqbal Trumboo of Kashmir Economic Alliance, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, President, Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Matta and Sheikh Yousuf of Transport Welfare Association Kashmir, Omar Tramboo, Rauf Tramboo, Ghulam Hassan Parra of Trade Federation Ganderbal and representatives of various travel bodies.