Kashmir unrest: CM Mehbooba Mufti reaches out to youth again, asks them to study, stop pelting stones

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 12:34 PM

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today once again reached out to the youth of the Valley, saying they belong to schools and colleges, not streets.

mehbooba muftiJammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti says, “The culture in Kashmir was that if by mistake our foot touched a notebook on the floor, we touched the book to our forehead.”

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today once again reached out to the youth of the Valley, saying they belong to schools and colleges, not streets. As part of her continuing efforts to bring normalcy to the Valley, Mufti today said, “There are a lot of funds being released by Centre for J&K’s educational institutes, infrastructure and development.”

However, she added, “We have to work hard to utilise funds for the optimum benefit of our people.” Appealing to the protesting ‘misled’ youths of the state, the CM said, “Children should be in school, colleges, pursue careers, should not be used for throwing stones. The culture in Kashmir was that if by mistake our foot touched a notebook on the floor, we touched the book to our forehead.”

On Monday, authorities lifted the curfew in Kashmir after 51 days. The curfew was imposed in the Valley after unrest started on July 9. Though curfew was lifted from the entire Valley, officials said, it would remain in force in Pulwama town and in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and MR Gunj police stations in Srinagar. The decision to lift curfew was taken at a high- level security meeting on Sunday evening, according to sources.

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An All-Party delegation comprising senior leaders of political parties is slated to visit Kashmir on September 3. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to accompany the delegation. Meanwhile, separatists here continued their protest shutdown despite the lifting of the curfew. In a statement issued last week, the separatists asked people to continue the shutdown until September 1. All senior separatist leaders have been placed under detention in Srinagar city.

(With ANI inputs)

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