I feel ashamed as Muslim: Mehbooba Mufti

In a controversial state Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister while commenting on Pampore attack has stated that she feels ashamed as a Muslim.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Sunday said the armed rebels who kill government forces were not doing any service to religion Islam and were instead bringing a bad name to Kashmir.

“The killing of people who were doing their duty brings a bad name to Kashmir and those who indulge in such acts are not doing any service to Islam,” the Chief Minister said, while speaking at the wreath laying ceremony of the troopers killed in a militant attack in Pampore yesterday.

Pic by Basit Zargar
Pic by Basit Zargar

Mehbooba said the killing of troopers was ‘shameful’ as it happened during the holy month of Ramadan. “I feel ashamed as a Muslim that such an incident happened during Ramadan that is observed for piety and penance,” she said.

“Allah has ordered that we should stay away from all bad and sinful acts during Ramadan. Such an act only defames Kashmir,” Mehbooba said.

“All the big countries across the world had been advising their citizens not to visit Kashmir, but they have now relaxed their travel advisories.”

Mehbooba Mufti said such acts “deprived mothers of their sons, sisters of their brothers and families of their livelihood.”

“Such acts help retard the pace of peace and development at which Jammu and Kashmir is presently moving,” the Chief Minister said.

Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group, who were also killed in retaliatory fire, triggered the attack yesterday.

The dead men include Sub-Inspectors Jaichandran and Sanjay Kumar, Head Constables Bir Singh and Jagtar Singh and Constables Santosh Sahu, Satish Chand, Kailash and Rajesh.

At least 22 CRPF troopers injured in the attack were being treated at an army hospital in Srinagar.

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