‘Give me peace, I will pursue dialogue’
KUND (DEVSAR): Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday that youth in Kashmir were imposing a “self-afflicting pain” upon themselves which hurts “nobody else”.
Speaking at a public meeting, Mebooba said that recently when she went to Ajmer to the dargah of Hazrat Khawaja Moin ud Din Chishti (RA), she met an officer there who was all praise for the talent and intelligence of the youth from Kashmir.
“Alas, they (the youth) are imposing a self-afflicting pain upon themselves which hurts only them and nobody else,” Mehbooba said.
Appealing to the youth to desist from the path of violence, the chief minister said the world is witness to the fact that violence has not resolved any issues, rather has given birth to many more.
She said she is pained to see that a common citizen of the state is the ultimate victim of this whole scenario of uncertainty, violence and acrimony.
“It’s the people of the state alone who get killed. Their businesses suffered, their education was affected, and what not,” she said, addressing the public after laying foundation of some key developmental projects in Kunda area of Devsar.
Terming peace as imperative for taking the state out of its uncertainty, she appealed to people to maintain peace so that she can take her agenda of dialogue and reconciliation to fulfillment.
“Give me peace. I will pursue dialogue, opening of routes like Kargil-Skardu, Jammu-Sialkote, Nowshehra-Jhangar. I wish people on both sides would march together on the path of growth and development, she said.
Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar; Minister for Food Civil Supplies & Public Distribution, Choudhary Zulfkar; Member of Parliament, Nazir Ahmad Laway; former Deputy Speaker and Vice President, PDP, Muhammad Sartaj Madni; and other leaders also addressed the public meeting.