Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti met PM Modi today, just two days after walking out of a joint press conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The CM expressed her wish to start a dialogue with the separatist to resolve the unrest. She also said that she is unhappy about the centre’s slow response.
Sixty-nine people have lost their lives in the unrest that has been raging in the valley since July 8, when Burhan Wani was killed. Over two thousand protesters have been injured, by pellet guns in security crackdowns. In an attempt to buy peace, the Centre is has ordered an expert committee report to decide on a substitute for pellet guns.
In what was meant to be a confidence building measure, Rajnath Singh indicated a substitute for pellet guns that has caused temporary blindness to several victims. Kashmir observers, however, say that in order to bring in peace, the choice of words is a much better option. The expected promise among them was the reduction of use of force and reduce casualties.
Sixty-nine people have lost their lives in the midst of this turmoil.
Burhan Wani perished in an encounter with the Border Security Forces on July 8.
Earlier this week, The PM had a meeting with a delegation of the opposition parties from the state led by the former chief minister Omar Abdullah.
After this meeting, Modi had expressed his “deep concern and pain” over the matter for the first time in the valley and demanded that all political parties work together towards finding a “permanent and lasting” solution to the issues in the state.
He also made an appeal to restore normalcy in the valley and emphasised that there must be a dialogue.
In his statement, the PM appreciated the “constructive suggestions” that were made by the opposition delegation.
Mehbooba also actively spoke for the security forces action during a press conference on Thursday and said that they were forced to impose the curfew. She insisted that the fifteen year olds who went to the army camps “to buy toffees”.
She also said that 95 percent of the ones who were killed, belonged to poor families and were attacking security camps.
Resorting to agitation even by a small fraction of the population in a country like India can result in large number of casualties.