Restoring peace… Step by step, Mufti meets PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi : J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses media in New Delhi.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi : J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses media in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti met PM Narendra Modi on Saturday to discuss the security situation in the state, which has witnessed a spike in clashes between the security personnel and local protesters in the last 50 days. The two leaders also discussed the schedule of the visit of an-all party parliamentary delegation to the state to take first hand stock of the situation.

Nearly 70 persons have been killed in the violence in Kashmir valley, which remains under curfew since July 8 following the encounter killing of militant poster-boy Burhan Wani.

“The Prime Minister is very concerned about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir like we all are. It is a matter of concern for everyone. The Prime Minister wants this bloodshed to end so that the state comes out of the present turmoil,” Mehbooba told the press after an hour-long meeting with PM Modi.

This was the first meeting Mehbooba had with the Prime minister after the violence broke out in the valley. She had earlier held series of meetings with the Union Home minister Rajnath Singh – thrice – twice in Srinagar and once in New Delhi.

Flaying Pakistan obliquely for the fragile situation in valley, she said “our Prime Minister took bold initiatives of inviting Nawaz Sharif for oath-taking ceremony and later flew to Lahore. This was unfortunately followed by the Pathankot terror attack”.

During the meeting, she also asked the Prime Minister to hold talks with all the stakeholders in the state and this could be possible through an institutionalised mechanism.

“Please appoint a group of individuals on whom people of Kashmir have trust, that whatever they are saying will reach to people at the helm of affairs in Delhi,” she said stressing that a peaceful resolution will ensure that the people in the state will live their life with dignity and peace.

On the scheduled visit of an all-party delegation to Srinagar, she urged them to make efforts to reach out to the people in the state.

“Similarly, I will ask Pakistan if they have some concern for the people of Kashmir they should stop supporting the people who are instigating the youth in the Valley,” she said.

Asked about talks with Hurriyat, she said a dialogue should be held with all those who want talks. But “those who are instigating the people for carrying out attacks on camps and police stations are not interested in talks,” she said sternly even as she appealed separatist leaders to come and help her government in breaking “this cycle of violence” in the state.