Mehbooba Mufti Meets Rajnath Singh to Discuss Kashmir Situation


Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday to discuss the security situation in the valley in the wake of the Amarnath terror attack.

"I thank Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the country for showing unity on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley". Officials said steps taken to ensure the security of pilgrims as well as the general situation in the state. She added that support of all the political parties and of the entire nation is required to cope up with the situation.

She also backed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which has been bitterly opposed by the Centre because it runs though Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. "It is not a law and order fight in Kashmir, but external forces are included in this war, whose intention is to disturb the peace of the state", Mehbooba said.

Mufti's meeting with the home minister in the national capital in the wake of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 10, in which seven persons died, lasted for nearly an hour after it commenced at 11.30am.

After the meeting, she told the media that Monday night's attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in which seven devotees were killed was aimed at "disturbing communal harmony".

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"We can not fight this war alone".

However, she expressed happiness over the major political parties making joint efforts for a solution to the Kashmir issue.

When asked about Article 370, Mehbooba said, "When GST bill was passed, the President had reaffirmed that Article 370 would be kept in mind".

Following the attack on pilgrims, security agencies have intensified anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four districts of the state - Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag - have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.