J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti arrives in Delhi, to call on PM Modi on Saturday

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti arrived in the capital on Friday evening and is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to discuss the situation in the Kashmir Valley.

PTI August 26, 2016 19:59:44 IST
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti arrives in Delhi, to call on PM Modi on Saturday

New Delhi/Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here tomorrow to discuss the situation in the Valley, which has been under curfew for past 48 days following death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

The meeting comes close on the heels of a clear message from the Centre to the chief minister to control the growing unrest in the state.

JK CM Mehbooba Mufti arrives in Delhi to call on PM Modi on Saturday

A file image of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti during a meeting on current situation of J&K in New Delhi. PTI

According to official sources, Mehbooba has been conveyed in no uncertain terms that there was a need for putting an end to the cycle of violence which has claimed 67 lives so far in the protest.

This is the first meeting between the Prime Minister and Mehbooba after the unrest broke in the Valley on 8 July.

Mehbooba has been under fire for failing to control the violence as the Centre has made it clear that law and order was a state subject.

Earlier this week, Modi had a meeting with a delegation of Opposition parties from the state led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

After that meeting, for the first time, 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 had also made an appeal for restoration of normalcy in the Valley and emphasised that there has to be a dialogue.

In his statement, the Prime Minister had appreciated the "constructive suggestions" made by the Opposition delegation during the talks and reiterated his government's commitment to
the welfare of people.

Mehbooba had strongly defended security forces action on Thursday during a press conference and had said "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 said "Today 95 percent 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 percent people were resorting to agitation.

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