Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday expressed anguish over the killing of three civilians and a cop in a militant attack in Kulgam district on Saturday and said political goals cannot be achieved through violence.
The chief minister said the futility of violence to achieve political goals had been established beyond doubt.
“It is unfortunate for the state that human blood is being spilt here when elsewhere in the world, the futility of violence to achieve political goals has been established beyond doubt,” she said.
Peace is necessary for carrying out development, she said adding that her government is trying to address the problems faced by people living in the far-flung areas of the state.
She was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a model village in Machil area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, an official spokesman said here.
Earlier in the day,she also visited a village in Awoora area to express condolences to the family of constable Muhammad Qasim who was killed in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on May 1 when a bank cash-van was looted by militants.
The model village at Machil would be developed at a cost of Rs 22 crore and would be completed in three years.
Mufti said she would like the area to have facilities in health, education, recreation for youth and other necessities under the Model Village project rather than just a mass of concrete and mortar.
She emphasised on involvement of locals in the works to be taken up under the model village project.
She also reviewed measures to enhance tourist footfall to the Bungus-Drangyari circuit in the district, the spokesman said.