Concerned like a mother: Mehbooba Mufti over youth joining militancy

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GR News Desk | Srinagar

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairperson and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday apologised for her toffee remark that she made during in 2016 after the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani.

Addressing workers on the death anniversary of his father late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed at Bijbehara in south Kashmir, Mehbooba said that she was concerned like a mother about the young people who were getting killed and injured. “It hurt me that some people with vested interests were pushing young boys towards army camps and police stations,” she said. “Didn’t I have this right to tell these children in a loud voice that you were part of my rallies… why were you asked to stand in the front of those rallies (protest demonstrations) where you, God forbid, got injured,” Mehbooba added. “I still apologise if anyone was hurt,” she said: “What else can I do?”

“I was invited by the family of the militant whose sister was arrested and harassed. They wanted me to send a message by visiting their home. It was not for electoral gains,” Mehbooba said. “It hurt me that some people with vested interests were pushing young boys towards army camps and police stations,” she said

Over 100 youths were killed in 2016 during the unrest that followed the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander by the security forces.