With unrest in Kashmir worsening, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti now is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 27, so as to put the plan she discussed with Home minister Rajnath Singh in action.
With continuing turbulence in the valley, the PDP-BJP coalition government is fast losing out on time in Kashmir.
Security jawans during restriction. PTI
The pressure of the situation too is amply visible on Mehbooba looking at her outburst against the stone-pelters on August 25.
It seems a dialogue with PM Modi is the only hope she has left to get things back on track in the valley.
File Photo of Mahbooba meeting PM Modi. PTI
According to reports, during her meeting Mehbooba will discuss the first step of her political outreach – an all-party delegation.
Almost all opposition parties have asked the government to initiate dialogue with the separatists and Pakistan. Unfortunately, the Hurriyat has sent out given a clear-cut message that there would be no talks unless the government accepts their five-point charter.
File photo of Huriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani PTI
Out of these five points, three points are very difficult for Modi government to even consider, let alone accept.
These three points demand Modi government to acknowledge the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir, withdraw armed forces from the valley and repeal AFSPA.
It further asks registering cases against the police, CRPF and the J&K government for killing youth and releasing all detainees.
For now, Mehbooba would be looking for an immediate gesture of relief, thus she is expected to press for the removal of central armed forces from government schools and greater relaxation in curfew in relatively peaceful areas.
Indian paramilitary soldiers in SrinagarAP
Armed forces have occupied government run schools for past few weeks looking at the current situation in the valley.