On the 17th Foundation Day of PDP party it was Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti’s first public appearance after the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen militant Burhan Wani. On Thursday she referred to the youth protesters who died in firing by the security men said, “These children, who have gone, I promise you I will not let their sacrifice go waste.”
The J&K CM averred that Kashmir’s situation could be better if the security personnel knew the presence of Burhan Wani before 8th July. She said to the reporters that the security forces who killed Wani had no idea Wani was one of the three militants whom they were targeting on 8th July. “I was told they only knew that militants are present there. They knew there were three militants but they didn’t know who they were. If they had known, there was a chance.”
She told the security personnel to keep control and they kept control till the last month. But after that they lost their patience and started using pellet gun and these pellet guns became more deadly than guns.
“The sacrifice of these people, these children, the innocent children, should not go waste. An atmosphere should be created, of reconciliation and accountability as had happened during (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s time when an era of dialogue had started, a good atmosphere was created and a ceasefire was implemented with Pakistan.”
She recommended Delhi should change its mindset “Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) Sahib used to tell me that we need to change the mindset of Delhi. We are saying we need to change the thoughts of people here but we will have to do it there (Delhi) as well. I will not work like this. An atmosphere has to be created where they (Delhi) can also move forward. Otherwise, everything will be lost.”
On the use of pellet gun Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Mehbooba Mufti that the government would rethink this as crowd control measure. She said there are some problematic elements in the valley which are disturbing the peace of the valley and worsen the situation to have strikes. She also added the people of the valley should understand that they haven’t got anything from strikes.
CM Mehbooba said the government didn’t get enough time to control the situation unlike Afzal Guru, the Parliament attack offender hanged in 2013. “When Afzal Guru was hanged, (then chief minister) Omar (Abdullah) knew, so he made all the arrangements before-hand. We knew nothing and we came to know suddenly. But, despite that, we tried to impose curfew so that children do not come out.”
The curfew in the valley has started since 8th July after Burhan Wany was killed by the security men. The violence already took 47 lives. Also 2,500 civilians and 3,000 security personnel were injured.