Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sachnews Jammu Kashmir:
Srinagar, October 21:
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, addressing a gathering of police officers at the Police Commemoration Day Parade at Armed Police Headquarters Zewan in Srinagar today, urged that local militants not be “killed in encounters” but be brought back home.
“Our children who have gone into militancy…my appeal to the police is…try that they return home…Those who are missing for years, if possible, instead of killing them in encounters, if you bring them back home and if they can become a part of the mainstream…If we can hand them a bat or a ball instead of guns…”

Mehbooba asked Pakistan to stop cross-border infiltration to create an environment conducive for peace talks.
“Pakistan has to understand that the two countries share the border and to bring peace in the region, start a dialogue, the infiltration must stop,” She said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader said the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) would be removed from the Kashmir Valley over a period of time only after militancy stops in the state.
“We have to remove the AFSPA. But we need support for that. We can do it in intervals but the militancy has to stop,” she said.
Mehbooba Mufti also came out strongly against stone-pelting protesters in the valley saying it won’t resolve the Kashmir issue.
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