Mehbooba’s taking on militancy with stronger words

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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti won a seat in the Assembly by a big margin, and that seems to have given her confidence to take on militancy with surprisingly stronger words. A day after eight Central Reserve Police Force personnel lost their lives in a militant attack in South Kashmir’s Pampore area, she said the killing of eight CRPF men in the holy month of Ramzan is highly condemnable and those who carried out the attack under the garb of Islam are actually disrespecting the very religion.
After wreath-laying ceremony, organised by CRPF, Chief Minister strongly condemned the Saturday’s attack and asserted that such acts choke the state’s developmental prospectus and “create a wrong impression” in the minds of tourists willing to visit the Valley. “In the holy Ramzan, the Almighty wants people to help others and stay away from bad deeds. In this month, we need to seek forgiveness from the Almighty. Carrying out attacks in this sacred month where they (militants) kill somebody’s father and somebody’s son is highly condemnable. Such attacks disgrace Kashmir (sic),” she said.
She said that J&K is witnessing “atmosphere of development and progress” but the attacks like the one in Pampore have disrupted peace. She said that it was due to such attacks that J&K’s developmental prospect receives a hit and added that J&K is lagging behind on the development front, and the state is not where it should have been as far as development is concerned.
Mehbooba’s changed perspective on terrorists did rankle the opposition. National Conference attacked Mufti on Sunday, over her alleged remark that she is “ashamed as a Muslim.”
His party leader Omar Abdullah in a tweet said, “So Mehbooba Mufti has joined the “Islamic terror” bandwagon after spending years saying terror had no religion.”
Will Mehbooba’s changed perspective and strong reactions against terrorists benefit India? Bharatiya Janata Party is her coalition partner in J&K and this may have influenced her decision to be tough in words against terror.
Also her desire to carve out a different political reality for the state is beginning to take shape.

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