Time has come to heal the wounds: Mehbooba

CM addresses Attestation cum Passing out Parade at CTC Lethpora

Saying that time has come to heal the wounds of people of Jammu & Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said the State needs some bold decisions in this regard. She asked the civil and the police administration to play proactive role in mitigating the sufferings of the people which they have gone through in the immediate past.

Addressing the Attestation cum Passing out Parade at Commando Training Centre here today, the Chief Minister said time has come to take some bold reconciliatory decisions on Jammu & Kashmir to get its people the much needed healing and relief which they have been craving for too long. She said there is no way forward except reconciliation, dialogue, discourse and minimizing the differences between regions and people.

Mehbooba Mufti said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who has a massive mandate of the people of the country, took the bold decision of visiting Lahore to minimize the differences. She hoped that the Prime Minister would again take such bold decisions to get the people of the State out of the quagmire of present times. “We have to pick up the threads from where Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee left during his tenure as Prime Minister which ensured not only a decade long peace on borders but also opened minds and channels of communication on the two sides of the divide”, she added.

Asking the J&K Police to play its role in taking forward this mission, the Chief Minister said they have a big challenge to extend hand holding to the people who suffered during the last five months in the State. She said the Police needs to reach out to elderly, youth and the injured and differentiate between the general masses and the disruptive elements besides undertaking community policing.

Mehbooba Mufti said she visualizes a Jammu & Kashmir where some strict laws would rarely be used and there would be an environment of reconciliation, peace and harmony all around. She hoped the officers and jawans of the force would play their role in ensuring this all.

Asking the passing out cadets to work for upholding law, the Chief Minister said with their actions and behavior they should win over people as they are the face of the Government on the ground. She said the ability of professional cops lies in controlling the crises without or with minimum force but more with persuasion.

Earlier, Director General of Police, K Rajendra Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and congratulated the passed out constables. He gave details of the welfare measures taken by his organization for the jawans and constabulary.

Minister of State for Forests & Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, MLA, Tral, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, senior officers of J&K Police, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir zone, SJM Gillani and other senior officers of divisional and district administration were present on the occasion.