Mehbooba Mufti says ‘Burhan Wani would have been given a ‘chance’

Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said Burhan Wani would have been given a "chance" had security forces known about his presence in the hideout.Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said Burhan Wani would have been given a "chance" had security forces known about his presence in the hideout.

Mehbooba Mufti said that security forces told her about the hiding of three militants in a house but they did not know who the militants were.

Srinagar: Amid the raging debate from the Parliament to television newsrooms over the continuing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir , state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday created a controversy saying that slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani would have been given a "chance" had security forces known he was in a south Kashmir hideout.

Speaking to the media for the first time about the encounter that triggered a wave of violence and unrest in the Kashmir valley, Mehbooba Mufti said that security forces told her about the hiding of three militants in a house but they did not know who the militants were.

Burhan Wani was killed on July 8 in an encounter in Kokernag area of south Kashmir.

"How do we know about an encounter? What can I say? I believe that had they known he was there, he (Burhan) would have been given one chance as the situation was fast improving in the state," the Chief Minister told reporters.

Clarifying her government’s position after Wani’s encounter she refuted the charges of slowness by National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

"When Afzal Guru was hanged, Omar knew (about it). So he made all the arrangements in advance. We knew nothing and we came to know suddenly. But despite that, we tried to impose curfew so that children do not come out," she said.

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi on February 9, 2013.

Meanwhile , National Conference criticized Mehbooba Mufti for her statement on Burhan Wani. Calling it a cruel joke and doublespeak, NC leader Nasir Aslam Wani said “it was ironic and ridiculous that the Chief Minister was terming Burhan Wani’s killing a ‘coincidence’ while simultaneously having released lakhs of rupees as reward money from the CM’s secret fund for those who took part in the encounter”.

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