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Whatever people of J&K would get, they would get it from India and nowhere else: Mehbooba Mufti

Appealing the youth of the state to not pick up arms, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said whatever the people of Jammu and Kashmir would get, they would get it only from India and nowhere else.

Mehbooba said that the state's development will be hindered if people don't show faith in the Indian constitution.

"If we don't believe in the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, if we don't believe in the country's Constitution, then what do we believe in? Then what are you going to get? Where will you get anything from?" Mehbooba asked.

"Ours is the most empowered assembly in the country. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented in the entire nation at once, except Jammu and Kashmir, where it was implemented only after a proper debate in this assembly", Mehbooba said.

Mufti's statement comes days after she, in an open plea, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to bury the hatchet and become friends for the sake of the locals and jawans on the border.

She said that her government would continue efforts to bring back local youth who had joined militancy to end the "vicious cycle" of youth taking up arms on the death of a militant and said efforts were on to ensure that those joining militant ranks return home.

"Our effort is that the local youth give up gun and return back to their homes. It is our loss as one militant is getting killed, his native village see another boy taking up the arms. It is a vicious circle and we have to break it," the chief minister said.

Jaish-e-Mohammad's "Afzal Guru squad" that has claimed responsibility for major terror attacks in the Valley recently is a challenge for not only the government but for all of us, she said in her reply to the motion of thanks on the Governor's address in the state assembly.

Announcing a grant of amnesty against youth involved in various cases during the unrest of 2016 in the assembly, Mehbooba also said the Jammu and Kashmir government has given amnesty to 9000 youth in the state.

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