Anantnag: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said we need to talk to the youth who are indulging in stone-throwing protests.
She was speaking at a workers meet at Anantnag’s Dak Bunglow.
“We will try our level best to convince youth to refrain from stone pelting and violence and bring them into the mainstream. Since 2008 no government has taken any initiative to talk to these boys,” she said.
“The challenge is to talk to these youth and understand what their problems are and how we can engage them. I genuinely assure that we will be talking to these youth. We will also have a look into the cases filed against them since 2008. Our youth are very talented in every field and we will try to pull them out of the morass they are caught in,” Mehbooba added.
In the past too, especially before elections, pro-India politicians have promised to review the cases of youth arrested during pro-freedom protests but the promise has not been fulfilled in entirety.
Mehbooba also added that with changing times “we have been facing different challenges.”
“Militancy was there when PDP came to power the first time as well. But now in addition to militancy we have youth protesting at the encounter sites,” Mehbooba said.
She was accompanied by her brother and PDP parliamentary candidate Tasaduq Mufti, minister Abdul Rehman Veeri and party spokesperson Dr Mehboob Beigh.