Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was full of praises for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning and said he showed his strength by visiting Pakistan amid tensions between the two countries, reported news agency ANI. The agency quoted the PDP leader saying, “Pehle wale PM bhi Pakistan jana chahte, par zurrat nahi ki. PM Modi Lahore gaye yeh taqat ki nishani hai (Former Prime Minister also wished to visit Pakistan, but did not dare to do so. PM Modi’s visit to Lahore is an indication of his strength).”
She added that only Narendra Modi can help the people of state in these troubling circumstances. “Humein daldal se koi agar bahar nikal sakta hai toh, woh PM Modi hain. Woh jo faisla karenge mulk support karega (If anyone can take us out of the sticky spot, it is Prime Minister Modi. The nation will support whatever he decides),” she was quoted saying by news agency ANI. As per a report published by The Indian Express, these remarks come amid ongoing violence in Jammu and Kashmir with a spate of militant attacks and frequent clashes between civilians and security forces.
Earlier in the day, news agency PTI had reported that cash transactions at nearly 40 branches in sensitive areas of Pulwama and Shopian districts in South Kashmir have been stopped after the attacks. The agency reported that the decision was taken an advisory issued by security agencies asking the banks operating in the two districts to stop cash deliveries at the branches located in these areas as they apprehend more such attacks.
A senior official of Jammu and Kashmir Bank told PTI that all other banking operations including ATM services would continue in these areas. “We were told that the security agencies have inputs about more such attacks, so we had to stop cash transactions at these branches designated by the security agencies as sensitive,” he said. “We are putting those measures in place in the coming few days and once they are in place, cash transactions at these bank branches will be resumed,” he added.