Burhan may have given second chance, says Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti

Cheif Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday talked about the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing in a dubious encounter in south Kashmir.

Mehbooba said, she was not aware of the Burhan Wani encounter, who was inside the house that the government forces were targeting for the kill. Had she known it was Burhan Wani there, Mehbooba said, the killing could have been prevented.

“Police and security agencies only knew that three militants were hiding there. They were not aware about Burhan being among them had they known Burhan is there they may have given him a second chance,” Mehbooba told reporters.

She seemed to suggest that had anyone known that Wani was at the hideout, the government would have made proper arrangements to prevent the situation “from turning to what it is today” after his death.

“An atmosphere should be created in the State first where we can have dialogue like the one that happened during Vajpayee’s time when a peace process was started,” Mehbooba said.

The Chief Minister said the aim behind creating PDP was to “ensure peace and development” in J&K by “acting as a bridge for reconciliation and good relation between India and Pakistan.”

On the comment of Mehbooba Mufti, Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to Mufti over her remarks on Burhan Wani’s death: MHA Sources

Not only Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary also slammed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over her remarks on slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, saying Mufti must tender an explanation as to why she wished to give a chance to him.

“I think Mufti is completely confused, so I don’t know what she means by ‘chance’; and I don’t know what she is trying to convey but whatever it is, she should have more clarity and she should give more clarity to the people in the state and to the rest of the nation as well,” said Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary.

At least 50 people have been killed and over 4000 injured in action by forces in the past 21 days of unrest in the Valley.

Wefornews Bureau

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