J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to discuss the ongoing Kashmir turmoil that has left the valley crippled, thousands injured and around 60 dead.
Following her meeting with the PM, Mufti reiterated her accusation against Pakistan and said that they are responsible for fanning the flames in Kashmir.
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7 RCR in New Delhi. ANI
Mufti told the media that the PM is sincerely concerned about the violence in Kashmir.
“The Prime Minister is quite concerned just the way we are regarding the situation in Kashmir. He re-iterated that the basis of the PDP-BJP alliance is to continue the trend of reconciliation with Pakistan that Vajpayee ji had started and use it to solve the problem in Kashmir,” she said. She accused Pakistan of not doing anything to help bring peace in the Valley highlighting how Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was mistreated when the he went to Islamabad. “With the situation in Kashmir taking a turn for the worse in the last few days, Pakistan instead of helping us is trying to worsen the situation. They had a golden opportunity to talk about Kashmir when Rajnath ji went to Islamabad recently, but instead he was meted with mistreatment,” she said.
Responding to Islamabad’s feint of holding talks, Mufti said, “You can only talk with those who want to talk. Those who are inciting the youth don’t want peace, they want bloodshed. Our democracy is large enough to encompass the dreams of Kashmiris. This matter can be solved.”
She then lashed out at the parents of children who were spotted among the mob throwing stones at the armed forces.
“Give me a chance to solve your problems”, she said emphatically, “It’s not even been two months since my government came into and such a situation happened.” Mufti called for Separatists to come to the talk table.
Today marks the 50th
day of curfew in the Valley. Mufti said that it is necessary to protect the lives of locals and children. Kashmir is boiling ever since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8. Normal life has been paralysed following calls by Separatists for shutdown. Everything from shops to schools are closed since. An all-party delegation will now be visiting Kashmir to discuss the situation and find a solution. But any developments will take another week.