Will ensure those joining militant ranks return home: Mehbooba

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 09:10:37



JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday vowed to break the “vicious cycle” of youth taking up arms on the death of a militant and said efforts were on to ensure that those joining militant ranks return home.
She said that her Government would continue its efforts to bring back local youth who had joined militancy to end the “vicious cycle” besides strengthening panchayats after successfully conducting the elections next month.

Jaish-e-Mohammad’s “Afzal Guru squad” that has claimed responsibility for major terror attacks in the Valley recently is a challenge for not only the Government but for all of us, she said in her reply to the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address in the State Assembly here.
“Burhan wani was born at that time and those who will be born today somebody else will face them,” she said.

Mehbooba was responding to the remarks of legislative party Leader of Opposition National Conference and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who had said, “You talked about my role in creating Burhan Wani when I was the Chief Minister. Just think how many Wanis have you created under your rule.”

“Young boys get glorified by taking arms in their hand and uploading the picture on social media sites. My effort is that the local militants should get back,” Mehbooba said.
It was in this endeavour that one militant was caught alive in an injured condition during a recent operation after firing on the security forces throughout the night, she said.

“We are thankful to the parents who are appealing to their wards to return from the path of militancy. Many a youth had returned and we are not harassing them. We are happy that they are coming back,” Mehbooba said.