Jammu Tawi, January 2
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today sought the support and cooperation of the opposition in her efforts to get Jammu & Kashmir out of the cycle of uncertainties and violence. She said the present uncertainties in the State have their roots in many of the misadventures in the past by some political elements just to remain in power. Speaking on the Obituary Reference in the Legislative Assembly on the first day of the budget session, the Chief Minister said everyone in the State is pained by the repeat of cycle of violence and killings which she said ought to be stopped. For this, she underscored the need for unified efforts by all stakeholders so that future of the people of the State is secured.
Mehbooba Mufti said just two days back she received the final report of Justice (Retd) M L Koul Commission which was instituted by the then Government to probe the killing of more than 120 youth in the State in 2010. “How long shall we be appointing commissions and enquiries and receiving their reports. We need to have joint efforts in getting Jammu & Kashmir out of it,” she said in her speech.
Referring to recent unrest in the Valley, the Chief Minister regretted that the present situation in the State is the direct fallout of many of the political misadventures in the past by some political forces just to remain in power. She said the 22 year long political struggle and its abrupt end in mid 70s and the rigged elections of 1987 almost finished the space for political dissent in Jammu & Kashmir which ultimately forced the youth to resort to violent means. “These events have laid the seeds of uncertainties of present times in the State”, the Chief Minister remarked.
Paying tributes to the leaders who passed away in the intervening period, the Chief Minister described them as personalities who not only contributed to the development of the State but also worked tirelessly to maintain and preserve the secular ethos of Jammu & Kashmir.
Terming former J&K Governor, Lt. Gen. (R) S. K. Sinha as an articulate and knowledgeable personality, the Chief Minister said he would long be remembered for his distinguished carrier in army and subsequent gubernatorial stints.
Mehbooba Mufti described former Union Minister, Muhammad Shafi Qureshi as one among the rare politicians of the State who led a principled political life, never compromised on it but remained steadfast with conviction. She described late Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma as a mass leader who all along his life fought for his people.
The Chief Minister also paid glowing tributes to late Mohammad Shafi Bhat, late Ghulam Din Shah, late Aziz Mohammad Qari, late Prithvi Chand and late S. Dharam Bir Singh Oberio.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh; legislators, Mohammad Shafi, Nawang Rigzin Jora, M. Y. Tarigami, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Sat Sharma, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Er. Rasheed, Bashir Ahmad Dar and Pawan Gupta also spoke on the Reference and paid rich tributes to the late leaders.
Later, the House observed two minutes silence in memory of the departed leaders.