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BJP backs Mehbooba, says some elements acting at Pak’s nefarious designs


New Delhi: In tune with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion that a handful of people ‘with vested interests’ were to be blamed for inciting the youth to violence in the valley, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday called for peace and said that some elements are acting at the behest of the Pakistan’s nefarious designs against India.

“What Mehbooba is saying is accurate after all it is a very small minority of people, who are resorting to violence, among them also some of them are clearly acting at the behest of Pakistan’s designs against India and in terms of unleashing violence through these people. Some are getting misguided by them,” BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI here.

“So, at the end of the day if peace is achieved then it will benefit each one in Jammu and Kashmir and that’s what everyone wants,” he added.

Speaking in Jammu yesterday after inaugurating a sewage treatment plant, Mehbooba said a handful of people against peace were inciting the youth to brew violence in the valley for their vested interests.

She said the Kashmiris want freedom from such forces, who are troublemakers and creating disturbances, disrupting peace.

“Kashmiris are not stone-pelters. They are peace loving, they want to open their shops, they want to send their wards to school,” she said.

Urging the Centre not to see the people of Kashmir with the same eye, Mehbooba said: “There are only five percent of people, who are disturbing peace and creating law and order situation in the valley. But 95 percent are innocent people and they want to live in peace, but are suffering due to a section of selfish creatures.”

Stating that violence brings only destruction and nothing else, Mehbooba said, “Guns went into Afghanistan, Syria and Russia. Was anything achieved there by using those guns? Violence brings only destruction and nothing else.”

The Chief Minister, who was here, said these elements also tried to raise the issues of separate colonies for retired soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits but failed miserably in their attempts.

The Kashmir Valley has been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. (ANI)

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