In a remark that could possibly stoke controversy, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that both the terrorists and security forces are victimising each other's families. She further added that the families should not become the target of casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over.
Mufti's remarks come at the backdrop of reports that at least 10 family members of Jammu and Kashmir security personnel have been kidnapped by terrorists from Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora districts on Thursday.
Taking to Twitter she wrote; "militants and forces victimising each other’s families is highly condemnable and marks a new low in our situation. Families shouldn’t become casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over."
Militants and forces victimising each other’s families is highly condemnable and marks a new low in our situation.Families shouldn’t become casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) August 31, 2018
Top officials of the security forces held high-level security meeting where it was decided that a massive manhunt would be started on Friday to trace the abducted persons.
Former Chief Minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah also expressed sense of alarm over the multiple abductions.
Reacting to the development, former state Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah tweeted: "11 abductions! This is a very worrying reflection of the situation in the valley.