Speaking at inaugural function of a special sanitation week in Srinagar on Sunday,Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked the people of Kashmir to give her government a chance to restore peace.
“Stones, pellets and bombs would yield nothing. “We witnessed 2008, 2010 and 2016 unrests. What have we achieved? Nothing but confusion and chaos. I think of a street vendor who came to me seeking permission to sell goods on a pavement. What would he be doing today? How would he be feeding his family,” she said.
She further said her government has been working for the welfare of people.
“Despite the unrest, you are a witness to the fact that government supplied electricity, water and ration to the people. You yourself closed schools and shops, how could I have helped you out. Give me conducive atmosphere and I promise to open all dialogue channels with everyone. Help me in restoring peace in Kashmir and I promise I will not let you down. I promise to fulfil your all economic and political aspirations,” she told the people.
Mehbooba also claimed the ongoing uprising has weakened her position in New Delhi.
“When I won elections, I was determined to press New Delhi to initiate dialogue and fulfil the economic and political aspirations of people of J&K. But the 2016 unrest weakened my position in Delhi. When there are stones and bullets, who would Delhi talk to?”
She urged the parents of school children to let their children attend schools and study.
“During the unrest, well-off people sent their children to New Delhi and those who could afford less have sent their wards to Jammu. It is only children of poor who have suffered in this unrest,” she said.