Jammu: “The youth in Kashmir should return to educational institutions and concentrate on their studies, instead of being on the streets or sitting idle at their homes,” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday, while addressing a function held at the inauguration of a new block at Indira Gandhi Dental College Hospital here.
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh, Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat, and MLA Jammu West Sat Sharma were also present on the occasion.
“Children have to go to schools, study and come out as doctors, dental surgeons, engineers, teachers,” Mufti said. “But if they throw stones in protest rallies, we will have no doctors, engineers and teachers in future.” “It was Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sahib, who always said that if you want to build a strong community, you will have to nourish it with education and strengthen their power to think,” Mufti said, recalling her father.
Quoting an Arabic verse, she said, “As the holy month of Ramzan is very important for the Muslim world, so is it important for boys and girls to get education.”
“It was my Kashmiri Pandit friends, who used to swear in the name of education (vidya), instead of family members, gods or goddesses. It was this tradition that was prevalent in Kashmir,” she said.