Stones and guns in hands of poor youth, need to find a middle path to end cycle of violence: Mehbooba Mufti
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Stones and guns in hands of poor youth, need to find a middle path to end cycle of violence: Mehbooba Mufti

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that a middle ground needs to be found for the people of the state who are being killed because of the menace of terrorism. Reacting to the killing of five civilians following an encounter in Shopian, the PDP leader said that both guns and stones were in the hands of the poor and steps need to be taken to rescue them.

“Our soldiers and children are being killed. Stones are in hands of poor, guns also are in hands of poor (security forces) only. We have to find a middle ground to save them,” said Mehbooba Mufti.

On Sunday, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister had expressed anguish and grief over the death of the civilians after the Shopian encounter, urging Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre to show “element of compassion and empathy as required by the present day situation”.

"It sounds very depressing to note that our state is losing young lives, to the unending cycle of violence, who could otherwise be utilised for a positive contribution to the state. Today's deaths have brought a stark fact to fore that gun, either way of a militant or that of security forces, is no solution for resolving issues," Mehbooba said.

She said political issues need political intervention. "The three decades' long violence in the state is a testimony to the fact that guns from either side cannot ensure peace, but a compassion d...

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