PM Modi takes stock of Kashmir, appeals for calm

RSTV Bureau
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On Tuesday morning, PM Narendra Modi held a meeting with his top ministers and senior officials to review the situation in Kashmir. The Prime Minister appealed for calm and expressed satisfaction at the progress made to re-start the Amarnath Yatra.

The Kashmir Valley was hit by violent protests after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed. More than 24 people are said to have been killed and 800 others are said to be injured.

In the meeting, the Prime Minister was given a detailed presentation of the situation prevailing in the Valley.

“He has appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace so that the situation can normalise. He also expressed hope that no innocent person should face any kind of inconvenience or loss,” Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said after the meeting.

The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction over the progress of the Amarnath Yatra and said whatever help needed by the state government will be provided by the Centre.

PM Modi returned late on Monday evening from his four-nation Africa tour and held the meeting on Tuesday morning.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar among others.

On Monday, Parrikar, Jaitley and Doval, who returned a day earlier from Africa had met to discuss the situation.

The Ministers were briefed by Chiefs of central security agencies about the steps taken to bring back peace in the Valley.

All forces have been asked to ensure security of Amarnath pilgrims and enhance vigil along the border to check fresh attempts of infiltration.

Sources said security forces were asked to ensure judicious use of force against protesting civilians.

Parrikar had told reporters that an overall assessment of security situation in Kashmir has to be done by the Home Ministry and Army was ready to provide any assistance like increasing force levels in any areas required.

Earlier, the Home Minister had reached out to opposition leaders including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Parliamentary leaders of all parties to discuss the prevailing situation.

(With inputs from PTI)