Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to discuss the current state of unrest in the Valley. She met the Prime Minister at his 7 RCR official residence around 10:30 a.m. This is the first time that the two incumbents met in order to discuss the turbulence that has engulfed Kashmir.
Soon after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the Valley has been witnessing constant clashes between protestors and security officers. While the death toll has climbed to 66, over hundreds are injured due to the wounds inflicted upon them by the pellet guns.
11.44 am: Modi ji took an initiative, our Home Minister took an initiative, they went to Pakistan, but now its Pakistan’s turn to respond, asserts Mehbooba.
11.42 am: Most of the people who died int he protests are those belonging to the lower strata in the society. And it is wrong that these people are dying like this. We need to stop this. I need your help to restrain this violence, says Mehbooba.
11.38 am: Pichle dinon Kashmir mein haalaat kharab hue, aur Pak khulke haalaat ko theek karne ke bajaaye, koshish kar rahe the provocation ho (Situation in the Valley has been deteriorating since the past couple pf months, but instead of stopping it, Pakistan is adding fuel to the fire), says Mehbooba
11.35 am: Like Mufti Sahabb used to say that Modi ji has 2/3rd majority, if during his time the situation doesn’t change then it will never change. Sadly, Pakistan has repeatedly wasted chances to talk and resolve this issue, but we have trust in PM Modi, says Mehbooba.
11.33 am: Kashmiris want somebody who they can trust. Is Pakistan has any concern for us, they too need to restrain their security forces. Pakistan has been openly trying to provoke and fuel tensions in the Valley. The youth of the Valley needs to be rescued from this prevailing turbulence, says Mehbooba to the media after her meeting with PM Modi.
11.31 am: PM Modi has shown the desire to stop the bloodshed in the Valley. Prime Minister showed his concern towards the unrest in Kashmir, says Mehbooba.
11.25 am: Meeting between PM Modi and Mehbooba Mufti ends.
10.32 am: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti arrives to meet PM Narendra Modi at his residence
The meeting comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state, where he assessed the situation on ground and held meetings with the stakeholders of civil society, political parties, Pahari community leaders and several individuals to understand what needed to be done to restore normalcy in the Valley.
Moreover, last week the Opposition leaders led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah met President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Modi in order to find a “political solution” and not just an administrative one. The Prime Minister 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.