India‘Security forces were unaware of Burhan’s presence: CM

‘Security forces were unaware of Burhan’s presence: CM


Mudassir Ahmad

Srinagar, Jul 28: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said that security forces didn't know that Burhan Wani was present during the encounter at Bamdoora Kokernag in which the Hizb Commander along with two of his associates were killed.

“The police, army and intelligence agencies told me that they only knew that there were three militants but they did not know who they were. I feel if they knew (that Burhan was there), perhaps we would have been better prepared and would not have such a situation and had looked for another chance,” Mehbooba told the reporters after addressing the party workers at the party headquarters on the celebrations of the foundation day of the Peoples Democratic Party. 

The Chief Minister said when Afzal Guru was hanged, her predecessor Omar Abdullah was aware of and had made all the arrangements beforehand. “We knew nothing and we came to know suddenly. But, despite that, we tried to impose curfew so that children do not come out. But they went to other areas and took the children to camps and police stations,” she said.

She said her government won't let sacrifices of the civilians to get waste who have been killed during the ongoing unrest in .

“I want to say that those who lost their life, who provoked them to enter the camps is another question, but our endeavor will be not to let the sacrifices go waste of those innocent kids of 12, 14 or 16 years of age, who were misled to enter camps or police stations. They are used but no one looks at them afterwards,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said atmosphere should be created in and Kashmir where there is dialogue, transparency like in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's time when a peace process was started and there was ceasefire with Pakistan. Mehbooba said she will follow her father's (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) vision on Kashmir who would always believe that Kashmir should become a bridge between and Pakistan for their cordial relationship with each other. She said the PDP was formed to “have reconciliation in Jammu and Kashmir, better relations between countries, to have dialogue, creation of peace, movement of people (across the borders) and to remove the difficulties of the people”.

“We will create that , which will bring peace, empowerment in the state. Inshallah we will do that within the next five-years. It was during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's tenure when Muzaffarabad road was opened. That peace process did not move forward from 2005. Today, the alliance that we have with the BJP, it is the same peace process which began with Sayeed and Vajpayee to improve the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. There is a need to have confidence building measures so that such incidents won't happen, where people have to come out on roads, when there is a tourist season and time for developmental works.”

She said her government's endeavour will be to provide relief to all those who have been affected, treatment to those who have been injured and have alternative to pellet guns in future. “The Home Minister has said that they are seriously looking into it. The pellet gun was brought in 2010 so that people do not get killed, but it is causing huge damage especially small children more then the gun,” Mehbooba said.

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