Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday at his 7 Race Course Road residence. The two leaders discussed the ongoing crisis in the state. This is the first time Mehbooba has met PM Modi after unrest broke out in the Valley last month. Nearly 70 have been killed in clashes with security forces since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Earlier this week, PM Modi had a meeting with a delegation of opposition parties from Jammu and Kashmir led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah. The Prime Minister had expressed his “deep concern and pain” over the situation in the Valley and asked all political parties to work together to find a “permanent and lasting” solution to problems in the state. He had also made an appeal for restoration of normalcy in the Valley and emphasised that there has to be a dialogue.
The Chief Minister has been under fire after the BJP-led Centre made it clear that law and order was a state subject. Both BJP and PDP are alliance partners in the state. On Thursday, Mehbooba had defended the action of security forces claiming that 95 per cent of people were keen on resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogue. She also added that only five percent of the people were resorting to protests.