Kashmir crisis: PM Modi has made an appeal to maintain peace and calm in Valley, says Jitendra Singh

By: | Updated: July 12, 2016 3:43 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain calm so that the situation can normalise in the violence-hit Valley even as he hoped that no innocent person faces inconvenience or loss.

Restrictions on the movement of people in Srinagar and four districts of south Kashmir, which were imposed in the wake of killing of Wani and the ensuing deadly violence, remained in force today. (Reuters)Restrictions on the movement of people in Srinagar and four districts of south Kashmir, which were imposed in the wake of killing of Wani and the ensuing deadly violence, remained in force today. (Reuters)

Burhan Wani’s encounter has caused wide spread violence in the Valley. While Amarnath Yatra has resumed, curfew continued for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday in most parts of the Kashmir to prevent further violence.

“Strict curfew shall continue in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama districts in south and Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Bandipora towns in the north,” a senior police official told IANS in Srinagar.

Chairing a high-level meeting in Delhi on the situation in Kashmir Valley, where 24 people have lost lives in the protests triggered by the killing of Hizbul militant commander Burhan Wani, Modi voiced concern over the situation in the state.

“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.

LIVE UPDATES:

12.30 pm: PM Modi has made an appeal to maintain peace and calm in the Valley. PM has extended every possible help to the State, says Jitendra Singh.

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12.22 pm: Kashmir & Sudan issues were discussed. PM has been keeping a close watch on the sequence of events: Jitendra Singh

12.20 pm: Militants attacked a police party in Warpora area (Sopore, Baramulla). No injuries have been reported; area cordoned off, search operation has been started.

The death toll in the clashes between the protesters and the security forces in Kashmir has reached 30, as normal life remained paralysed in the valley due to curfew-like restrictions and separatists-sponsored strike.

12.05 pm: Expressing regret over the loss of lives and injuries in the clashes in Kashmir, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties to exercise “maximum restraint” to avoid further violence and hoped that all concerns would be addressed through peaceful means.

11.00 am: Abdullah goes on to say that video services are set in place for all sorts of events, then why not for the crucial meeting being headed by PM Modi

10.54 am:  While PM’s high level meet is underway, Omar Abdullah tweets as to why Mehbooba Mufti couldn’t join the meeting currently being held in Delhi

10.35 am: High level meet underway; PM Modi discussing the current scenario in Kashmir

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10.12 am: Delegation of Imams meet HM Rajnath Singh to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir

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10.00 am: Meeting on the law & order situation in Jammu and Kashmir begins at 7 RCR, Delhi

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9.30 am: Rajnath Singh’s visit to the US cancelled in view of the unrest in Kashmir. The Home Minister was to visit US to attend the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue in Washington scheduled for next week.

9.10 am: Srinagar (J&K): Separatist groups extended strike call for two more days, curfew imposed in many parts of valley

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9.00 am: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Tuesday criticized Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for expressing deep shock over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, saying it is very ill-advised to be commenting on somebody (Wani) who was questioning India’s sovereignty and integrity.

8.48 am: Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that Pakistan is directly or indirectly sponsoring and promoting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistan is directly or indirectly sponsoring perpetrating promoting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Singh further stated that Pakistan is playing significant role in breeding militancy in Kashmir.

8.27 am: Pak has no right, no role to ask questions about commenting on Kashmir or any part of India, says Salman Khurshid

8.25 am: Pakistan has been playing a negative role as far as militancy in J&K is concerned. Also, Amarnath yatra is symbolic of Kashmir’s unity, its not just about the economy. So its great that the yatra has restarted, said Jitendra Singh

8.45 am: The Congress Party took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s African visit, saying that he was busy ‘playing drums’ and tweeting about his travels instead of paying attention to Jammu and Kashmir which is in a state of turmoil. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted a picture of Prime Minister Modi with Tanzanian President John Magufuli playing drums during the ceremonial welcome at State House in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

1.45 am: Kashmir is an internal matter of India, the US today said and asked all stakeholders to make efforts towards finding a peaceful resolution of tensions in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani last week.

Since violence started in Srinagar on Saturday following the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, 22, who was killed in a gunfight on Friday along with two of his associates, 30 people including 29 civilian protesters and a policeman have died.

“Of these, 14 people died in Anantnag, eight in Kulgam, four in Shopian, three in Pulwama and one in Srinagar district,” the official confirmed.

Twelve paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) troopers were injured on Monday evening when someone from a stone pelting crowd hurled a grenade at the forces in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area.

Intelligence agencies said this was a dangerous development.

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