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Jammu and Kashmir: Guns can't get us justice, says Mehbooba Mufti

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 August 2016, 13:37 IST

Urging the Pakistan Government to participate in discussion, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that be it guns from India or across the border, it cannot get them justice.

"You can come for discussion. If this can't give us any solution, then no gun can get us justice, be it our guns or the guns of the militants. The fault is not with the people of Jammu and Kashmir nor is it with India... the problem has been with the leadership of the state over the years," Mehbooba said after unfurling the tri-colour on the occasion of 70th Independence Day.

She alleged that the entire national leadership from Jawaharlal Nehru's time till today is responsible for the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Encounters have taken place in the past and will continue to take place. But I don't understand what my government's fault was. I promise that action will be taken against the police and security forces, who went against my directions," she added.

Remembering the efforts made my former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mehbooba said, "We hope that the efforts put in during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime would be completed now under PrimeMinister Narendra Modi."

Urging the people to denounce violence in the Valley, Mehbooba said, "If we can't find our solution in the world's biggest democracy, we won't find it anywhere else."

Mehbooba was participating in the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar's Bakshee Stadium, which is just seven kilometers away from Nowhatta where seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured in an attack by the terrorists earlier in the day.

Many parts of Srinagar, including the Nowhatta area, have been under curfew since the security forces shot dead Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani earlier on 8 July.

More than 50 people have died and thousands have been injured in clashes between the protesters and security forces since then.


First published: 15 August 2016, 13:37 IST