SRINAGAR: The day she returned to Srinagar from Jammu with her government’s entourage that is grandly called Durbar in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed to parents to stop their children from embracing death, saying, “Allah brought all of us into this world to live a good life and not to embrace death at the young age of 18-20.” She also said that stones and guns are mostly in the hands of children belonging to poor families.
“Yesterday’s happenings are extremely sad,” Mehbooba said of the bloodbath in Shopian on Sunday. “I appeal to our people in the state and to the rest of the country, as also to the government of India, to save our children.”
Mufti was speaking to reporters on the arrival day of the government’s return to summer capital Srinagar after spending the winter in Jammu for six months.
“A way needs to be found so that our children, army soldiers and policemen are not killed. I appeal to parents to ensure children do not embrace death,” she said.
Mehbooba appealed to New Delhi to find a “peaceful way” so that “our children are saved”.
Mehbooba has made such appeals to people of Kashmir and to the government of India several times in recent months. The previous one was made on March 28, at the inaugural ceremony of a convention of travel agents at the posh SKICC in Srinagar. She had rued there that “Kashmir is caught in a quagmire of problems but our country (India) has left us alone to face them.”