Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Farooq Apprises PM of Situation in Kashmir Valley

Farooq Apprises PM of Situation in Kashmir Valley

She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the mandate of the nation to address the 70-year-old Kashmir issue. Addressing a function after dedicating to the people the newly constructed Bikram Chowk-Gandhi Nagar flyover in Jammu this morning, Ms Mehbooba expressed hope that Kashmir Valley will soon come out of present turmoil.

On Saturday, Mehbooba Mufti also praised Narendra Modi for his last year's surprise visit to Lahore during Christmas.

Valley police chief S.J.M. Gillani today said the militants were uploading videos on the social media to garner support from the public and encourage them to take on the security forces. Translation: "If someone can extricate us [Kashmir] from this muck, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi". "Be it studies, sports or competitive exams, our youth have performed so well to hold our heads high", she said and asked them to exhibit their potential in any corner of the country. Mr Gillani said the student protests were under control to a large extent. "(But) peace is crucial for undertaking developmental activities", Mufti said. She alleged that the UPA regime at the centre and the state government did not carry forward the process thinking "everything is peaceful and there is no need to do anything further".

As Srinagar's civil secretariat reopened after six-month closure due to "Darbar Move", where the capital shifts to Jammu, the opposition Congress launched a scathing attack on Ms. Mufti.

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Mehbooba said the situation has been "serious" in Kashmir, "but not so bad that it can't be brought to normalcy. Everyone has to play a role", she said.

"Kashmir is yet again witnessing military sieges of entire clusters of villages, the security forces are conducting door-to-door search operations and we are back to the grim days of crackdowns which started during the early 90s".

Mehbooba said that everyone is concerned about the situation in the state but "we should keep in mind that it is not for the first time that we are passing through such situation".

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