In her latest speech on terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked the local militants, who want to return to the mainstream, to give up their arms as nothing could be achieved through violence. According to PTI, while addressing an election rally in South Kashmir, she said “today also an encounter is going on at Chadoora. We made efforts to tell the lad to lay his arms and come back (to the mainstream). Violence will not yield anything”. She further added that the violence has only led to deaths and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir over the years”.
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 28, 2017
Focussing on peace and dialogue, she said that the graveyards and the cremation grounds were getting filled up. Violence has only led to death, be it militants, policemen or army men. Violence is not a solution to anything,
and only peace and dialogue could lead to a solution. Chief Minister in her speech also said that she has instructed security agencies to try to get the local militants to surrender even during the encounter situations. as reported by PTI
Earlier in the day, while campaigning for the bypolls, the convoy of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, car of senior minister in Jammu and Kashmir government and PDP leader Abdul Rehman Veeri was pelted by stones. According to media reports, certain regions in the valley have witnessed volatile activity as they are set to witness Lok Sabha bypolls. On 9 April, Srinagar constituency will go out for voting while in the Anantnag it will be held on April 12. To fight against the ruling BJP-PDP coalition, the National Conference and Congress have decided to jointly contest the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls.