SRINAGAR: With the situation in Kashmir valley remaining tense, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Monday, convened a high-level meeting in the Union capital to discuss the issue.
Besides the Home Minister, the meeting was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, among others, reports said.
The meeting chaired by Rajnath Singh was preceded by his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
Monday was the 31st straight day of curfew in Kashmir after mass protests broke out over the death of 22-year-old popular militant commander Burhan Burhan Wani.
The issue echoed in the Parliament too with opposition parties questioning PM Modi’s “silence”.
In Srinagar information department released a statement detailing chief minister’s enangements in Delhi.
It said chief minister called on Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh to discuss the measures to be taken to restore peace in the State.
“Mehbooba called for reviving the confidence building and peace process in the State and the region through a productive dialogue process with all shades of the political opinion, as was done by the then NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. She said while the problems confronting Jammu and Kashmir could be tackled through short-term economic and developmental initiatives, there has to be a political solution to the problem of Jammu and Kashmir, which could be reached out by involving all the stakeholders in a constructive and result-oriented dialogue process”.
Mehbooba said Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing repeated cycles of deadly violence, and there has to be an end to this vicious cycle of violence, which can be made possible only through a productive dialogue and reconciliation process. “We saw similar volatile situations in 2008 and 2010, resulting in loss of precious human lives, destruction of public properties and enormous economic drop-down as has happened this time around,” she said and added that there has been mounting cynicism in Kashmir over a period of time as every confidence building process initiated in the past was never followed up with sincerity of purpose. She said whether it is the Working Group recommendations, reports of All Party Delegations or recommendations of Interlocutors, there has been, unfortunately, no follow-up on the same resulting in cynicism and alienation in Kashmir, especially among the youth. “I hope the current situation, unlike the past, could be used as an opportunity to reach out to the people in Jammu and Kashmir through tangible confidence building initiatives and provide the much-needed healing touch to them to tide over the trust-deficit,” she said.
Mehbooba said there is a need to heal the wounds of the people in Kashmir who have seen immense tragedies because of violence and bloodshed. “Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has a huge mandate and he can take the bold initiatives on Kashmir. We hope he will start a dialogue process with all shades of political opinion like Vajpayee did,” Mehbooba said adding; “These are our own people, our own children who are getting killed or maimed in Kashmir leaving behind a trail of tragedies for the victim families.”
The Chief Minister also called for reviving the dialogue and peace process with Pakistan and turning J&K into a bridge of friendship between the two countries instead of bone of contention. “Not only friendship we want a dialogue process be started so that peace returns to entire sub-continent,” she said.
Omar says CM 'finally disturbed' after 31 days
Srinagar: Opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday took a dig at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, by saying that she has finally given up the "business as usual act".
"So @MehboobaMufti has finally given up on her 'business as usual' act and rushed to Delhi instead.
"The amazing thing is that it's taken 31 days and more than 50 deaths to finally 'disturb' the Chief Minister," Omar wrote on twitter.
As many as 58 persons including two police personnel have been killed and several thousand others injured in forces' action on protests since July 9.
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