Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday visited the homes of the five policemen and two bank guards who were killed in the militant attack on a bank van on Monday and offered her condolences.
Speaking to the media, she said Kashmiris needed to introspect on what will be achieved by such violence.
“People who left their homes to earn their livelihood, people who were protecting the savings of people in banks were mercilessly killed…There can be no greater misfortune for us than this. We need to think what we are doing by committing such acts of loot and killings,” Mehbooba said.
The chief minister added, “We are destroying whatever assets we have. We are not allowing children to go to school. We are vandalising (public property), looting banks and mercilessly killing policemen who are going out to earn livelihood and feed their children….What are we going to achieve by all this?”
She appealed to the youth to come forward and help stop such destruction.
“Jammu and Kashmir is yours. This land is yours. Work to make it better, to make it happy. Come and help us to stop this destruction,” she appealed to the youth.
Five policemen and two security guards of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Kulgam were killed in an attack by militants on Monday, triggering a debate in the Valley, with many lamenting how the Kashmir conflict continues to claim lives.