Mehbooba Mufti while expressing outrage at the continued killing spree of young men and women across Kashmir and the heartless response to it from the said that it is declaration of a direct war on the people of the State. In a statement issued here, she said what
She was responding to the unabated wave of killings on the streets of the Valley which resulted in the loss of another six young people at Kakpora, Sangam, Kralpora Kupwara , Kulgam and Bijbehara today namely Mohammad Yaqoob Bhat resident Zadoora Pulwama, Bashir Ahmad Reshi resident of Wachi ,Arshid Ahmad Bhat resident of Sangam , Khursheed Ahmad War resident of Shumnag Kupwara, 9th class Student namely Aashiq hussain Bhat resident of Woaki Kulgam and early injured on Saturday at Bijbehara namely Tariq Ahmad Dar resident of Simthan .
Mehbooba said the decision to introduce Rapid Action Force in addition to the existing police and other paramilitary forces in a highly militarised place to terrorize the protesting people can only further deteriorate the situation. She said the belated acknowledgment of the Chief Minister that the young people were protesting not under any instigation, as he had been alleging for more than a year and that the youth were not organized only means that he has decided to fight them with weapons and force, putting the blame for “consequences” on the people of the valley.
Mehbooba said it belies logic that in any system of governance other than martial law or dictatorship, the administration should try to “control the violence first and then talk of political initiative”. This is like putting the cart before the horse, she said. Mehbooba said there were no protests or demonstrations for a long period and people waited with patience for a political intervention to take
Expressing heartfelt grief at the loss of lives whose count was now difficult to keep, Mehbooba said that the boys and girls we lose to the wanton use of force by the Government are a loss not just to the families but to the entire community. We may not be able to share fully the grief of the families of the victims but as a mother she fully understands what it means to lose budding young children to bullets and brutality of the Government.