Srinagar: A day after Hizb commander Zakir Musa’s threat to Hurriyat leaders, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the government would consider providing security to the pro-freedom leaders if they asked for it. “If somebody asks us for security, then we will think about it,” Mehbooba told reporters after attending a function for specially-abled sportspersons at the football ground, TRC, in Srinagar.
At the function, the youth president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Waheed Para introduced the chief minister to Afshan Ashiq, the girl seen in a photograph throwing stones at government troops during student protests in Srinagar. Afshan is wearing a blue dress in the photograph that was widely circulated on social media.
Afshan told the chief minister that she had thrown stones and taken part in protests because she was caught in a precarious situation. Mehbooba told her, “I can understand what you would have gone through. I would have responded to the situation in a similar way.”
Earlier in the day, the chief minister inaugurated the football tourney for the specially-abled children and interacted with them.
Claiming that her government will do whatever is possible to provide necessary facilities to specially-abled children, Mehbooba said that a lot needs to be done for the welfare of such children. She further said that there was a need of special schools for such children in Kashmir.
“Unfortunately we have not been able to provide the required facilities to them so far. They need specially trained teachers,” Mehbooba said.
Appreciating the sports council for organising the programme, Mehbooba said that more such sports activities should be held in the future.
“Our children have a lot of potential, but they need proper grooming. My government will try to tap their potential so that they can excel in the field of sports and bring laurels to the state,” Mehbooba said.
According to officials, about 400 specially-abled children will take part in the week-long sports event.
Apart from the chief minister, Minister for Youth Services and Sports Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone, and Secretary of J&K Sports Council Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra were present at the function.