As violence in Kashmir entered its 50th day, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, at his 7 Race Course Road residence to apprise him of the security situation in the Valley.
According to reports, the Centre took a tough stand with Mehbooba and told her to take control of the law and order situation which is spiralling out of control. The Union government, according to reports, also told the People’s Democratic party (PDP) chief that it is a state situation and the state government has to keep it in check. “Mobiles and loudspeakers are being misused to incite violence,” Modi told Mufti, according to CNN-News 18.
This is the first time that the two leaders have met since the crisis in Kashmir began more than a month ago, with the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on 8 July. Nearly 70 people have been killed in clashes with security forces.
Mehbooba, however, asserted that the Centre is equally concerned about the ongoing crisis in Kashmir. Speaking to reporters outside 7 RCR, the chief minister said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, like all of us, is very concerned with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister wants this bloodshed to end so that the state comes out of the present turmoil,” she told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Modi.
Slamming Pakistan for constantly attempting to derail peace measures between the two countries, she said,
“Pakistan is not a stakeholder in Kashmir. They have no rights. Pakistan has been openly trying to provoke and fuel tensions in the Valley. Mujhe khushi hai ki Modi ji ne na sirf pehle apni oath ceremony mein Nawaz Sharif sahab ko bulaya, balki khud Lahore chale gaye. Par badkismati ke sath uske baad Pathankot hua (I was very happy when PM Modi invited Nawaz Sharif during his swearing-in ceremony in 2014, and also went to Lahore. But unfortunately, right after that came the Pathankot massacre). Sadly, Pakistan has repeatedly wasted chances to talk and resolve issues. Pichle dinon Kashmir mein haalaat kharab hue, aur Pakistan khulke haalaat ko theek karne ke bajaaye, koshish kar rahe the provocation ho (In the last few days when situation in Kashmir worsened, Pakistan, instead of resolving or helping to resolve the issue, was trying to provoke the youth from across the border).”
But Mehbooba did not mention any security measures that will be taken by the state or the central governments to quell the violence and unrest in Kashmir, instead harped on about how Pakistan has been trying to thwart peace talks with India.
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