Srinagar, Jan 07: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday sought apology over her “toffee and milk” remarks, saying that the remarks she had made in the year 2016 was a pain from the heart of a mother.
Earlier, while addressing a presser Mehbooba who was accompanied by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in 2016 had said that “had they (youth killed in 2016 agitation) gone to camps and police stations to buy toffees and milk”.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion of third death anniversary of her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, she said the toffee and milk remarks she had made was a pain from the heart of a mother which she expressed.
“I am like your mother and some youth who were being pushed to get killed was paining me therefore as a mother I used such words to express my pain,” she said, adding that she was concerned about her children. “Doesn’t a mother use harsh words for her children for their wellbeing,” she asked.
However she said “in case my remarks have hurt the sentiments of people then I seek apology to them.”
Meanwhile, Mehbooba also claimed credit for amnesty announced by her as Chief Minister for stone pelters and handling of Kathua rape and murder case.
PDP on its official twitter handle wrote, “Promised amnesty & implemented. I tried to extend ceasefire for months. I ensured justice in Rasana didn’t allowed CBI takeover like Shopian rape & murder. Never compromised on special status. Never allowed BJP to tinker it.”