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Children are being used to create unrest: Mehbooba Mufti

CM Mehbooba Mufti laments ‘a changing Kashmir’ as 10 year old slaps elderly man

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 31 2016 5:20PM | Updated Date: Jul 31 2016 5:21PM

Children are being used to create unrest: Mehbooba Mufti

As the protests triggered by the death of Burhan Wani fails to stop even after three weeks in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed to the people to think of the next generations.

 

Chief Minister said on Sunday that Kashmir is being consumed by violence. A place where a 10-year-old boy slaps a shopkeeper or gangs of masked children roam on the streets and threatened young girls that they would be set on fire for riding scooties, is certainly not healthy.

 

"Is this the Kashmir that we want to see? Is this the solution to Kashmir? Targeting women and elderly people?" she said, making a strong appeal for peace.

 

Quoting her father, the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, she said guns and grenades never solved anything, "Only dialogue can help".

 

Mufti appealed to the people to think of the next generations, pointing out that children were being "used" to create unrest in Kashmir.  "People, whose own children are studying abroad, are instigating others children to violence".

 

Attacking the instigators of this violence in no uncertain terms, the chief minister said "many forces" have come together to "vitiate the atmosphere".

 

“This is their business. They spend money, send children from one area to another to create trouble divert children and lead them to police stations and forces camps. Only common people will get killed, while the instigators run away," she added.