12 takeaways from Mehbooba’s First address since Burhan’s Encounter

The five-day-long disturbances in the valley have left over 30 people dead and hundreds other injured. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addressed the public for the first time on Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir since protests broke out on Friday evening following HM Militant Burhan Wani’s Encounter.

1 Youth being misled

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti blamed ‘enemies of society’ for misleading the innocent youth and prompting them to target security force installations, where they either get killed or seriously injured.

“27 years of violence has given Kashmir nothing but graveyards full of bodies, destruction of houses and killing of thousands of youth, protesters, security personnel, doctors, militants or other youths,” said Mehbooba in an 11-minute video released to media.

2 Parents need to counsel their Children

Mehbooba also requested parents to rein-in their innocent children and help end the protests and restoration of normalcy in the Valley.

3 Excessive force by Forces would be dealt with

“The security forces or police, who have used excessive force would be held accountable but there are some anti social elements (whom she dubbed as ‘samaj ke dushman’), who were misleading the innocent youth and deviating them towards such site of protests, where they are either killed or injured,” she said.

4 Anti Social elements deliberately getting the young killed

“When young protesters and security forces come to an eye-to-eye situation, these ‘clever and expert’ anti-social elements manage to flee leaving innocent youths at the spot, where they hadn’t desired to come for protests when they came out of their houses,” she regretted.

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Mehbooba Mufti called upon the elderly persons to ensure that the youths didn’t take to extreme protests from where they are unable to return to their houses. She also said that after God, parents and elderly are the only people who can do something about it.

5 Government determined to Amicably resolving the situation

The Chief Minister declared that her Government is determined to bring the State out of present morass and it will succeed, she said 27 years of violence has given nothing to the people except for the killing of youth including students, doctors, security personnel, militants and destroyed the State’s education system and houses.
“The people have got nothing except for graveyards full of bodies, destructed houses,” she said.

6 Remain vigilant of ‘Mischievous Elements’ 

Calling upon the people to remain cautious of `mischievous elements’, Mehbooba said the neighbours, relatives and other people would come to their houses to mourn the death of youth during protests for five-six days and later all of them would disappear leaving the families in lurch.

7 Salute the killed SPO and Nurses who walk for miles

The Chief Minister said she salutes Special Police Officer (Afroz Ahmad), who was killed in mob violence when a police vehicle was thrown into the river Jhelum and two Nurses, who walked several kilometers to reach the hospitals to treat the injured. She also referred to the injuries inflicted on a child, who was hit on head with a stone yesterday.

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“Ironically, it is only the parents and other immediate family members of these ill-fated youth who have to live with the life-long trauma of losing their near and dear ones to this senseless violence,” Mehbooba underscored in her appeal.

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“Most of these families are living in such miserable conditions that they have to even struggle for day-to-day living.”
She said while hundreds and thousands of people may be attending the funerals of the slain youth, how many of these people then bother to visit these anguished families to help them out of difficult circumstances.

11 Government working to ensure means of livelihood to families of victims

“The Government will try to work out a mechanism to ensure a secure and dignified living for the kith and kin of the victims of violence so that their families do not have to run from pillar to post to live a normal life, Mehbooba said adding “it is the responsibility of the Government to reach out to such families”.

12 Need your support to restore peace

“Nobody should be allowed to play with the future of your children,” she told the parents. “The Government is taking various measures to restore calm and it needs support of the people in this endeavor. “I appeal to all sections of the society including the political leaders, media, the religious heads, the business community and the prominent citizens to rise to the occasion and help the Government in restoring peace and normalcy in the Kashmir in the wake of the prevailing law and order situation,” the Chief Minister said.

The translated inputs are from Daily Excelsior

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