Why do Muslim youth have guns in their hands, asks Mehbooba

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday blamed “guns in the hands of Muslim youth” for  violence and bloodshed in “majority of Islamic countries”.

“ None of the Islamic countries in the world manufacture guns but why is it that youth in majority of Muslim  countries today have guns in their hands, and there is violence and bloodshed everywhere?” Mehbooba said in her August 15 speech in Srinagar.

She said it was unfortunate that youth in Kashmir who should have had pens and books in their hands were instead wielding “AK-47s that cost six lakh rupees.”

“Look at Jammu. The Kashmiriyat  which was once  a way of life in Kashmir… there would be Azaan at Makhdoom sahib, bells ringing at the temple followed by Gurbani at Gurudwara. We don’t get to see such things in Kashmir anymore but go to Jammu and you will hear Azaan in the morning , and then the temple bells  followed by gurbani in the day,” she said.

“ We must ask ourselves where are we headed? Look at Ladakh, tourists who go there once want to go there again and again . Look at the hospitality of people there, their honesty so much that even people from Kashmir are going there for holidays. We must ask ourselves what have we achieved in the past 70 years,” she said.

Mehbooba  said she had full  faith in “institutions of the country” and expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will dismiss a petition that challenges Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.

She also thanked National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah for his  “fatherly advice” on the issue.

“We have faith in every institution of the country. We have seen many attempts by some people who want to take us back to 1947. They rush to the Supreme Court over one issue or the other. But we have confidence in our Supreme Court, which has dismissed petitions challenging the special status of J&K in the past.

“I am sure the Supreme Court will dismiss the present petition before it,” she said.

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