New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday met 14-year-old Insha Malik, a Kashmiri girl who has been blinded by pellet gun firing and is undergoing treatment, at All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in the national capital.
The J&K CM Mehbooba promised to the provide best possible treatment whether in India or abroad to restore Insha’s eyesight.
Speaking to media after meeting Insha, the J&K CM said, “Main 14 saal ki bachi Insha ko milne gayi hospital mein, jab usko dekha toh kaleja muh ko aa gaya.”
It seemed that Mehbooba broke down when she met the injured Kashmiri girl and said, “Thought what wrong has my government done that within 3 months such a situation arose post an encounter where a young girl (Insha), who wanted to become a doctor, became a victim.”
Kashmir has been witnessing massive unrest post Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s encounter that took place on July 8, 2016. The Valley since then is in a state of continuous turmoil and has witnessed several demonstrations from Burhan’s sympathisers. The death toll in the ongoing unrest has reached 68.
Earlier in the day, Mehbooba said that she was disturbed by the events that have been transpiring in the State. She also said that the Kashmir issue can be resolved only by adopting former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ideas.
Taking a dig at Pakistan, Mufti said that they have been openly trying to provoke violence and fuel disruption in the Valley. “Pakistan, instead of trying to improve the situation prevailing in Kashmir, is trying to worsen it even more,” the CM said.
On Saturday, Mehbooba had expressed her anger over Pakistan wasting chances to resolve issues with India.
Mehbooba also showed her support towards PM Modi and said that the Prime Minister is himself concerned about the situation in Kashmir. Not just this, highlighting PM Modi’s initiative of extending a hand of friendship towards Pakistan, Mufti said that “Now it’s up to Pakistan to respond.”
Amidst the unrest, curfew continues to be clamped on and off in the State, with no solution emerging so far, even after several efforts by the State and Central governments to reach out to the people of the State.
A couple of days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conducted meetings with the Opposition parties including the National Conference (NC) and Congress to take stock of the J&K situation.
Meanwhile Home Minister Rajnath Singh has so far paid two visits to the valley to ascertain the ground situation there with him scheduled to visit Kashmir along with a delegation on September 4.
First Published | 29 August 2016 4:30 PM