Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday regretted that India has left Jammu and Kashmir alone. She was speaking to a huge gathering of TAAI members whose 64th convention she inaugurated in SKICC.
“Our situation is not hidden from anybody,” Mehbooba said in her speech. “But our problem is that our country has left us alone.”
Admitting that the state was going through a difficult phase, the Chief Minister said the biggest problem the government is facing is tackling the security situation.
The situation, Mehbooba said, can be tackled in various ways and methods. “But we are using a bullet for bullet only,” she insisted. “And bullets lead to wounds and injury.”
“Guns are used to inflict wounds and (but) there has to be somebody who will help balm these wounds,” Mufti said. “It needs healing touch and the government cannot do it, alone. It can be done by the people of our country.”
Insisting that TAAI has the capacity to partner in the healing touch, Mufti recalled her father saying that every tourist footfall in Kashmir is “an investment in peace”. She said TAAI was called to manage this handholding, to put the balm on these wounds.
“A soldier fights on the border or the militancy is fighting for peace in his own way,” the Chief Minister said. “But there is a lot of alienation and the crown of the country has lost its sheen for some time. It needs to be treated by you.” She said when the visitor arrives in Kashmir; it is an investment in peace.
The Chief Minister said that people in Kashmir are warm but, at the same time, they are bruised for no fault of theirs. “The country was divided and they had no role in it,” she said. “But when bullets are fired, it is on the borders of the state and not in Gujarat, Punjab or other places and when militants are infiltrated, it is in Jammu and Kashmir and when bullets fly, they hit the people of the state.”