‘Dirty politics prompted gun culture’ in Kashmir : Safeena Beigh

‘Dirty politics prompted gun culture’ in Kashmir : Safeena Beigh


BARAMULLA, Jan 13: Safeena Beigh, District Development Council member from Baramulla district on Wednesday said that peace is imperative for any developmental work in Kashmir.

Ms Beigh, who visited a healthcare centre in Baramulla, said that health sector across India was not up to the mark as it should have been but in Kashmir things are more worse because of multiple factors including the political instability.

Talking to Kashmir Despatch, she said, “From last two-years, developmental work has been stopped, first because of the abrogation of Article 370 and then due to Covid-19 pandemic. I have seen certain things in Sangrama constituency that developmental works are not up to mark as compared to other constituencies in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district”.

She added, “In Safarpora, the health sector is not up to mark even at the primary. Today I had a meeting with Block Medical Officer here to take the on ground stock of the healthcare situation.”

Asked about the Kashmiri’s being tagged as a ‘radicalized society’ Ms Beigh said, “It is a manipulated propaganda to label Kashmiri youth as radicalized and hardcore extremists”.

She added, “In last 30 years many youths in Jammu and Kashmir were killed, however, despite all this youth in valley believe in peace”.

“DDC elections proved that as youth came to vote in large numbers that showed youth in Kashmir believe in democracy if they are given free and fair chance to put forth their opinion. The youth in Kashmir were pushed to militancy because of dirty politics. Yaseen was turned into Yaseen Malik and Yousuf was made Salah-u-Din”, she added.

Ms Beigh said, “Youth of Kashmir were pushed to the wall and were forced to pick up the gun.  Otherwise they are not radicalized”, she added.

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