New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday hoped that the situation in the troubled Kashmir Valley will soon return to normal as New Delhi and the Jammu and Kashmir governments are moving forward in the right direction with “absolute” coordination.
The Valley has been witnessing unrest for the last 49 days following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
“Our responsibility is to free PaK and Gilgit Baltistan from the illegal occupation of Pakistan,” he told reporters. “There is absolute coordination between the Centre and the state and therefore, we are moving in the right direction. I am sure very soon things will return to normal in the Valley,” he added.
Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, had earlier said that common man in the streets of Srinagar does not approve of violence but there are a handful of people sponsored by foreign agencies who are triggering violence in the state.
Normal life in Kashmir Valley remained paralysed as curfew and shutdown continued for the 50th consecutive day Saturday in the wake of violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani last month.
All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses are closed since July 9. Earlier, authorities arrested several top separatist leaders and extended curfew to large parts of the Valley to foil a separatists’ march in Srinagar.
The death toll in the valley reached 69 on Friday, as another youth succumbed to his injuries in clashes that broke out between security forces and the locals in Pulwama district.