On Sunday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the students to focus on their education by making the elders address more significant problems, as the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to decide between peace and violence. Earlier, the clamor for governor’s control in violence-hit Kashmir is likely growing. Be it the opponent parties in the Kashmir or a section of the BJP administration in Delhi, and many seem to be for the CM Mehbooba Mufti passing down.
The people here require deciding that, they need to think what they want and how they want it. Whether by pelting stones, by shooting bright children like young army director Ummer Fayaz or a bank employee or a youth working in the police who work hard for earning their livelihood or by the opportunity to loot banks and weapons.
“Are we not, God prevent, strangulating Kashmiriyat (by such acts)? I am hopeful that people here are essentially peace-loving and prefer brotherhood and would not forget the teachings of Kashmiriyat or co-existence with every religion,” she said.
The chief minister was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in her home constituency of Anantnag in south Kashmir. On being inquired about the student protests across the valley, Mehbooba said the students should focus on their education and leave the bigger issues to the elders.
They all are our kids whether they study in schools or not. I remember our kids are intelligent and I have told it time and again that wherever our children go, whether in plays or education or KAS and IAS examinations or out of the country, they excel. She said
“But regrettably, I think someone has cast an evil eye on their intelligence, on the people of Kashmir and this magnificent valley. I feel the children should study and the elders should address the bigger issues,”
She also implored the parents and teachers to encourage the children to focus on their studies.
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Accidentally, the chief minister had on Saturday met 21-year-old football coach Afshan Ashiq. A photograph that arrested her hurling stones in rage at law enforcement officers has become the new defining image of stone pelters in the valley. The PDP administration also raised the issue of corruption and how it takes a backseat when the valley witnesses law and order situation.
“Corruption is a huge problem. All our attention shifts towards supporting legislation and order When the situation deteriorates here. All other issues ‘like of development and corruption’ remain somewhere behind,” Mehbooba added.