New Delhi 7 April The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir who left Jammu for New Delhi last evening to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has met both the BJP leaders in New Delhi this morning. The meeting was touted as important as the alliance between the two parties, which belong to diametrically opposite schools of thought, has been in question ever since the time a coalition government between the two parties was formed in Jammu and Kashmir.
While speaking to Media persons Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said, “The meeting with the Prime Minister and Home Minister was fruitful in many ways. We discussed matters which hold prime importance for Jammu and Kashmir at the moment.”
Not entirely giving out details on the Flood relief funds from the centre Mufti said, “We discussed the destruction that Jammu and Kashmir has gone through in the recent floods and the flood relief package that the NC government had requested from the earlier government at the centre.”
The matter of AFSPA removal was protested heavily in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and on that Mufti said, “We had a discussion on Aman Ki Asha and the progress in peace talks with Pakistan. The peace process with out neighbour is the only solution to the problems of terrorism in the state.”
This statement is important as it expresses the softening stand of the PDP on AFSPA in light of the recent terror attacks in Kathua and Samba in March and now in Tangmarg, Shopian, Tral and Pattan in April.
Education Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Naeem Akhtar, in a statement to media persons in Jammu said, “We are not saying that AFSPA needs to be removed immediately in Jammu and Kashmir. AFSPA has been in existence for over two decades and cannot be removed in one go. It is a sensitive matter and needs to be worked on.”
During the meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Sayeed briefed him about the law and order situation in the state especially the recent attacks on police forces.
Sayeed, who arrived last night, is scheduled to meet all prominent cabinet ministers to discuss issues pertaining to development of Jammu and Kashmir.