Will not allow terrorists to destroy another generation of Kashmiris, vows home minister
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statements to the press on Monday, saying the positivity shown by him will go a long way in putting balms on the wounds of people.
In a statement issued to the press, Mufti said she had all along maintained that a positive outreach to all shades of opinion in the state, coupled with compassion, confidence building and coexistence, was the key to lasting peace and prosperity for the state, the country, and the subcontinent.
She also welcomed the announcement of the home minister of an increase in the Prime Minister’s Development Package to Rs one-lakh crore, saying it would go a long way in speeding development in the state.
Rajnath Singh said at his press conference that security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to treat youngsters, who may have committed some mistakes, under the Juvenile law and not like criminals.
Security forces have also been asked to avoid use of excessive force while dealing with law and order situations, he said.
“I appeal to the youth not to be swayed by the attempts of some people and stay away from stone-pelting. We all including the Prime Minister are concerned about the future of the youth,” he said.
The home minister said the people of Jammu and Kashmir want to shape their destiny and future by their hard work.
“Terrorists have destroyed many generations and we will not allow them to destroy one more generation. I have told the security forces to treat youngsters, who might have committed some mistakes, under the Juvenile Act. They should not be treated as criminals,” he said.
“However, we will be firm in our response to terrorists and their activities,” Singh said.