Desperate attempts being made by certain quarters to destabilise situation: CM

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Reiterating that no Sainik Colony is coming up in any part of Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said the recurrent reports springing up in this regard seem to be the part of a desperate and sustained campaign by certain quarters to destabilize the situation and put Kashmir on fire again.
“It is highly unfortunate that at a time when the tourism activity has started picking up in Kashmir and the slumped economy is slowly rejuvenating, a sustained campaign has been launched by certain quarters to dish out concocted and inflammatory reports to provoke the situation,” the Chief Minister said.
“Constructions have been going on for decades in the areas which have been allotted to the Army and other security forces for their staff and the families and by playing up the pictures of some residential accommodation in the newspapers, which already exist in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir, an attempt is being made to provoke the situation and create trouble, which won’t be allowed,” she said.
Pointing out that the former Chief Minister had led this misinformation campaign by spreading canards on twitter about purported settling of non-state subjects in the Sainik Colonies, she said.
“He (the former CM) had himself attended four meetings of the Rajya Sainik Board in which the decisions to locate land for Sainik Colonies for state subject retired soldiers were reiterated.
Mehbooba said the first Sainik Colonies were established in the State by the then Chief Minister, Late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in Jammu and the Army had no role in their construction.
She urged the opposition to play a constructive role in the interest of peace and stability instead of trying to trigger trouble in the State by politicizing non-existent issues.
The Chief Minister also urged the media to play a responsible and responsive role by verifying the veracity of the reports before publishing the same. The Chief Minister said the Government will not allow anybody to put Kashmir on fire and bring miseries to the people.

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