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Curfew lifted in Kashmir barring Pulwama, few spots in Srinagar

SRINAGAR, August 29: The 52-day long curfew in Kashmir that has seen violent protests for most of the 52 days since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani last month was lifted today except in Pulwama district and some parts of Srinagar.

However, restrictions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) are still in force.

Around 70 people have died and over 11,000 have been injured in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in these 52-days. Over 5,000 security personnel are also among the injured.

In his monthly radio address, Mann Ki Baat, yesterday, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi spoke on Kashmir for a considerable amount of time and said “ekta” (unity) and “mamata” (compassion) could be the “twin mantras” to bring peace in the Valley.

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Just a day before the PM’s address, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had stepped up the offensive on Kashmir, nominating 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to world capitals to highlight Kashmir.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who also met the Prime Minister in Delhi on Saturday directly addressed the protesters and said, “I may have got angry with you and you may be angry with me, but give me a chance”.

Ms Mufti discussed a ‘three-point plan’ with PM Modi, which according to sources, included a Track 2 dialogue through eminent interlocutors from outside of government, and talks with separatists.

“Everyone wants the bloodshed to stop. But dialogue can only happen with those who want it. I appeal to the Hurriyat to help in getting peace back on the streets, to stop the killings,” Ms Mufti had said.

Image Courtesy – ANI