PM holds high-level meet on Kashmir; Rajnath cancels US trip: 10 latest developments

By: | Updated: July 12, 2016 12:22 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who returned from his four-nation five-day tour of Africa early Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting on the Kashmir situation. The Kashmir valley has been on a boil as widespread protests were carried out over Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's killing last Friday.

kashmir, kashmir clashes, kashmir issue, kashmir row, kashmir news, Kashmir violenceRestrictions 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. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who returned from his four-nation five-day tour of Africa early Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting on the Kashmir situation. The Kashmir valley has been on a boil as widespread protests were carried out over Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing last Friday.

Violent clashes between security forces and protestors have so far left 24 dead. Here are ten latest developments on the Kashmir issue:

1. The Prime Minister was given a detailed presentation of the situation prevailing in the Valley. The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar among others.

2. All forces have been asked to ensure security of Amarnath pilgrims and enhance vigil along the border to check fresh attempts of infiltration from across the border. security forces were asked to ensure judicious use of force against protesting civilians.

3. Rajnath Singh cancelled his visit to the United States in view of the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home Minister was to visit US to attend the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue in Washington scheduled for next week.

4. A delegation of imams meet Rajnath Singh to discuss the situation in Jammu & Kashmir.

5. The Border Security Force (BSF) morning foiled an infiltration bid by gunning down three intruders at the India Pakistan International Border in Punjab’s Ajnala Sector early morning.

6. 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.

7. Strike called by the separatist groups also affected normal life in the Valley. Separatists yesterday extended the strike call till July 13; shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps remained shut. Public transport was completely off the roads. Mobile Internet services across the Valley and train services remained suspended for the fourth day even as mobile telephony was partially restored in the four districts of south Kashmir.

8. (BJP) leader Hina Bhat said Pakistan has no right to talk about India and Kashmir. Speaking to ANI, Bhat said, “Pakistan will definitely interfere into the Kashmir issue, because they are the ones who have been bothering India to have peace in Kashmir and they are the ones who create such situations in Kashmir.”

9. Congress 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.

10. Salman Khurshid criticized Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for expressing deep shock over the killing of Burhan Wani, saying it is very ill-advised to be commenting on somebody (Wani) who was questioning India’s sovereignty and integrity.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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