She had said "Today 95 per cent who have been killed are youngsters belonging to poor families. We know how to resolve the problem and we are trying to resolve issues the same way".
The Indian-backed chief minister of Indian-held Kashmir on Thursday defended recent civilian killings by Indian forces, saying that protesters were a small minority who had attacked police stations and army camps. They had asked people to gather in Eidgah prayer grounds for a pro-freedom protest rally in the heart of the volatile old Srinagar city. "I have saved them from the knives when they were taken for bonded labour". Mufti was infuriated after being asked about the disproportionate use of force on protesters and the allegation of swapping roles and views with her predecessor Omar Abdullah on the protests.
To this, the chief minister angrily asserted that violence in the state since July could in no way be compared to the disaffection Kashmiris had expressed in 2010 when they had valid reasons to do so. Three civilians were killed. This time an encounter took place in which three militants were killed, how is government responsible for that? "The children didn't go to the army camp to buy milk or toffees", said Mehbooba, CM Mufti, whose Peoples Democratic Party is in an alliance with the BJP.
"I have said it before also, youth in Kashmir should have pens, books and computers in their hands, not stones". Curfew was extended to entire Srinagar district, Pulwama district and south Kashmir towns of Shopian and Anantnag North Kashmir towns of Baramulla, Pattan and Handwara were also placed under curfew while restrictions on assembly of people were in force in rest of the Valley, police said. His death triggered a violence that has left 68 people dead and at least 10,000 injured. "I am for resolution of Kashmir issue". "We have information that they are exhibiting restraint".
He said he met odd 20 delegations of "different opinions" since Wednesday.
During his stay in Srinagar, the Home Minister said he met some 300 people, including leaders of all political parties in the state, with whom he had "good talks".
On the second day of his visit to the Valley, Singh appealed to everyone to not play with the future of Kashmiri youth, urging people to identify those "fanning trouble". He added that the future of the nation is linked with the future of Kashmir.
The opposition Congress said the government needed "to move beyond the rhetoric". They want our children to suffer.
Singh, who is in the Valley on a two-day visit that concludes on Thursday, said during a media conference, "We firmly believe that without the future of Kashmir, the future of India can not exist".
He hinted that evidence against OGW for their involvement in inciting the youth to throw stones and petrol bombs on security forces which is already with the agencies will be pursued and all of them be booked under the law.