New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said her state needs special care and attention as people there are still nursing “old wounds inflicted by misfortune and tragedy” as she sought support and cooperation to tide over the challenges in bringing it back on the path of development.
As a Chief Minister, Mehbooba said, her prime objective will be to restore the balance and put Jammu and Kashmir firmly on the path of development.
“I will leave no stone unturned in bringing back smiles on the faces of the people of the state,” she said at the annual Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of the States and Chief Justices of the High Courts, at Vigyan Bhawan, here.
The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended among others by Chief Justice of India Justice T S Thakur and Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda.
Mehbooba said years of political strife in J-K has resulted in huge loss of life and property and setback to the development process.
The government, along with other mainstream political parties is trying to fight the ideological battle politically, administratively and legally, she said.
“J-K needs special care and attention for which she sought the support and cooperation from all the people in the country. J-K is too sensitive state and the government cannot afford to get distracted by issues which seem to trivialise its special position in India,” the Chief Minister said.
She said her task becomes difficult when certain groups in other parts of the country try to challenge the special relationship of J-K with the rest of the country.
“Such acts, besides wasting our energy, send negative signals and vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” she said, adding that “people of J-K are still nursing old wounds inflicted by misfortune and tragedy”. .