On a day three J&K policemen were killed by militants in twin attacks in Srinagar, the J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti saluted the "sacrifices rendered by the cops while protecting the land and people of the state" in the past 25 years of turmoil. She said it is because of these sacrifices that peace prevailed in the state.
Addressing a Passing-Out Parade 13th batch of trainees at Subsidiary Training Centre at Sheeri here, the Chief Minister said had police not dealt with the armed rebellion in Kashmir with a brave heart, the situation in the Valley "could have been what we find today in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and in our neighbouring country Pakistan."
"The J&K police played an important role in bringing peace back to the state. Otherwise situation would have been the replica of what we find in some of the Muslim countries like Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan," she said.
During these years of turmoil, Mehbooba said, the state police was confronted with a situation where they had to fight their own people who had adopted the path of violence and "it was not an easy task."
"While dealing with such a situation, our brave policemen sacrificed their lives and ensured that the future generation is saved from violence and turmoil," she said, urging the new trainees to be the "role models in the society."