Amid Kashmir crisis, Mehbooba Mufti to meet PM Modi today
Even as the situation in Kashmir gets grimmer, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to discuss the crisis of the state that has been paralyzed by protest, curfew and shutdown for the past 49 days following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Earlier this week, J&K Opposition leader led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had met PM Modi, during which Modi had expressed his “deep concern and pain” over the situation in the Valley and asked all political parties to work together to find a “permanent and lasting” solution to problems in the state. He emphasised that there has to be a dialogue.
Prime Minister, in his statement, had appreciated the “constructive suggestions” made by the opposition delegation during the talks and reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of people.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also visited the violence-torn state recently following the PM’s meeting with opposition leaders.
During a press conference along with Rajnath Singh on Thursday, Mufti had strongly defended security forces’ action.
“People came on streets, we imposed curfew. Did the children go to Army camps to buy toffees (candy)? Was the 15-year-old boy, who attacked the police station at Damhal Hanjipora (in south Kashmir), going there to get milk,” she had asked.
She had said: “Today 95 per cent who have been killed are youngsters belonging to poor families. They were killed in retaliation for attacking security camps… The situations of 2010 and present cannot be compared.”
She claimed that 95 per cent of people want to resolve the Kashmir issue through political means and dialogue but five per cent people were resorting to agitation.