Mehbooba visits Pulwama, says, ‘Won’t allow bloodshed in South Kashmir’



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People's Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti in Patipora village of Pulwama meeting Rubina, who was allegedly harassed by police officials. Photograph by Mohammad Shahid for The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, saying that she won’t allow bloodshed in south Kashmir and it won’t be made a battle ground.

The former chief minister while traveling into interiors of Pulwama said that people who supported political process do not deserve to be treated harshly.

Mufti visit came a day after encounter in South Kashmir’s Pulwama, in which four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed. Her political career began by visiting families of the militants and victims, which turned Southern parts as her party’s stronghold.

She went to Patipora village of Pulwama to meet Rubina, who was allegedly harassed by police for being a militant’s sister. While talking to her, Mufti questioned harassment of militant families by the forces. “Won’t allow bloodshed and making South Kashmir a battle ground,” said Mufti.

The visit of PDP leader to the district that has seen hike in militant recruitment and violence comes at a time when leaders from mainstream parties are migrating to Srinagar and other parts of the state in a bid to save their life.

“This is very unfortunate, if there is any militant, what is the fault of his sister, there is very harsh treatment by the police,” said Mufti. “SHO Trikota Nagar and Bhatindi has treated her very badly. They stripped her clothes off, there is a law. He cannot touch any girl. You need to have female police officials. He has beaten up her brother and other family members.”

Mufti added that she wants to ask the Governor if there is a fight with militant, then authorities should deal with him not with his family, especially with his sister. “We will not tolerate such acts. I want to appeal the governor if such acts will repeat again, we will go to any extent.”

Rubina, while narrating her ordeal, said that when they beat her brother up very badly, she tried to commit suicide. “They didn’t allow him to drink water,” she added.

While objecting to use of force on civilians and harassment of public, Mufti added, “Excessive use of force is responsible for unrest and pushing youth to the gun. We cannot afford to push our youth to the wall and violence.”

Mufti also commented on the success of students in the recently declared results of class tenth in which district Pulwama, considered as militant hotbed, topped the charts. Pulwama had more than 83 percent success rate in the recently held board exams.

“Tenth class result graph shows that there is an urge for moving ahead and kids have dreams to live upto,” said Mufti. “We need to work collectively to offer a future to our own generation and ensure they stay away from violence and refrain those who push our youth to the wall and violence.”

Additional reporting by Mohammad Shahid


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