In first public address as CM, Mehbooba for ending ‘pain’ in Kashmir


PM-CM-19-1Says need to heal it so that Kashmiri youth flourish like those elsewhere in India
KG News Desk
Jammu, April 19: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today spoke about “pain in the heart of Kashmir” which needs to be addressed immediately by all so that the youth of the state also flourish and contribute to the growth of the nation.
In her first public rally after taking over as the first woman Chief Minister of J-K early this month, she spoke about the unrest in Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Syria and Libya.
“In Pakistan, the government is fighting against its own people… Sunni kills Shia and vice versa,” she told the rally after inauguration of Shri Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital here, 32 kms from Jammu.
“I am proud to live in a nation where people from different religions live in peace and harmony but there is a pain… There is a pain in heart of Kashmir and we all have to heal it together.
“We need to heal it so that the youth of Kashmir flourish like those in rest of the country,” she said at the function which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Union and state ministers among others.
Referring to the recent killings in Handwara town of north Kashmir, she expressed hope that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, her government will be able to restore peace in the state.
She recalled her conversation with her late father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and said when talks for alliance between PDP and BJP were going on he had told her, “I have held the hand of a person who has been made the Prime Minister of the country by crores of people.
Her visit to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi as a college student, Mehbooba said, “Bhagwan Vishnu and Mata Vaishno Devi chose Jammu and Kashmir (as their abode) from across the world. What can be better than this that crores of people of the country have place of faith here in J&K?”
“Narendra Modi ji, Jammu and Kashmir is a mini-India and complete in itself,” she said, adding when a turmoil erupted in Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandits came to Jammu and they were welcomed by people here.
“I salute the people of Jammu for that,” she said.
She said her father and later Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was instrumental in setting up three universities in Jammu and Kashmir in 2004 in a bid to make the state a model for the country.
“I am happy that girls have got the highest number of gold medals at this shrine university. My focus is the youth of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
“I hope that central government will come forward to help Jammu and Kashmir in education, employment and creation of avenues for the young generation in the state,” she said.

‘Guest students our goodwill ambassadors’
Describing J&K as a perfect blend of cultural and religious diversity, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Wednesday urged resident students to take good care of their outstation colleagues so that they leave with sweet memories and become ‘goodwill ambassadors’ of J&K in the rest of the country.
She said our campuses of higher learning symbolize the secular fabric which is at the core of this great nation. “Let us make them feel at home. They are our guests. I am sure they will talk about our hospitality and good behaviour and make our children studying in the rest of the country part of their extended families,” she stated.
The Chief Minister made these remarks while addressing a huge gathering during the 5th Convocation of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), here this morning.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Governor, N. N. Vohra, were also present on the occasion.
Besides the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Minister of State in PMO, Dr. Jatindra Singh, Ministers in the Council of Ministry, legislators and senior police and civil officers also attended the Convocation.
Congratulating the management and faculty for propelling SMVDU into country’s top 100 universities, as per National Institutional Ranking Framework, Mehbooba Mufti praised the ‘young ignited minds’ for excelling in their fields of specialization. She said she was delighted by the brilliant performance of the girl students, who outnumbered boys by quite a distance and literally swept all gold medals on offer.
“I am happy that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, from a very modest beginning in 2004, has made tremendous progress in a very short span of time. This university is an institution borne out of a constant urge to see faith as a resource, a trust repository of common people,” she stated.
Describing universities as melting pots of culture, ethnicities and ideas, where people of all faiths and cultures converge, the Chief Minister said the university’s success is a great tribute to the vision of her father during whose tenure as Chief Minister SMVDU was established.
The Chief Minister observed that the talented human resource is the country’s greatest wealth and it will have to play a pivotal role in driving its engine of growth. She said India is in the midst of a social, economic and technology change, which requires urgent realignment from educational institutes.“What sort of future we will have, depends on how these institutes of excellence influence the mindset of our societies in general and prepare our youth for tougher challenges in future,” she added.