Make peace not war: Mehbooba tells India, Pakistan

Make peace not war: Mehbooba tells India, Pakistan
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‘Borders witnessing a bloodbath’

Baramulla: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday appealed prime ministers of India and Pakistan to make J&K a bridge of friendship rather than a battelground.
“Our borders are witnessing, god forbid, a bloodbath. Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) often talks of development but at the same time something opposite is happening in our state.
Our schools are shut and children are trapped inside their homes,” the chief minister said.
“I appeal to our prime minister and our neighbour Pakistan to make J&K a bridge of friendship between the two countries and not let it become a battleground,” Mehbooba said.
Addressing the attestation cum passing out parade at Subsidiary Training Centre, Sheeri, Mehbooba said Kashmir is losing people, jawans and children every day and the situation is likely same on the other side of line of control.
“How painful it is that when they should be demanding good schools, hospitals and roads, the people of border areas in the state are asking for bunkers to protect their lives”, she said while expressing anguish over the loss of lives on the borders, and reiterating her appeal of friendship, dialogue and reconciliation between the two South Asian neighbours.
Terming maintenance of law and order within the state as a challenge in itself, Mehbooba stressed the police on adopting community policing and a humane approach while dealing with day to day situations.
She asked the new pass outs from training centre to maintain patience while performing their duties.
She told them that they would face lot of challenges and sometimes “you can face your own people and children but you should keep patience”.
She stressed on efforts to ensure the return of local youth to their families and friends “who, unfortunately, have gone on the path of violence”. She stressed on a collective mechanism by police, parents and the society in this regard.
Expressing concern over the rising crimes against women, the Chief Minister asked the police to deal sternly with those found involved in crimes against women. She said the killing of a young girl at Kathua was heart wrenching and the government has already constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the case
On Sunday, 473 trainees of 14th batch passed out of STC Sheeri after completing the Basic Recruit Training Course. Out of them 472 are from Jammu division while as one trainee is from Kashmir.
Director General of Police, S P Vaid, Additional Director General of Police, Muneer Khan; Inspectors General of Police, Ahfad ul Mujtaba and Jagjit Kumar; GoC, 19thInfantry Division, Lt. Gen. G S Rawat; Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Nasir Naqash; other senior Police and civil officers and family members of recruit constables were present on the occasion.