New Delhi: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Saturday to discuss the situation in Kashmir, even as she blamed “external forces” for creating trouble in the region.
“Kashmir issue is not a law and order problem. It is happening because of external forces. The ongoing fight is a handiwork of external forces and now unfortunately China is also trying to meddle into it,” Mehbooba told reporters after the meeting.
The chief minister said she had discussed with the home minister the attack on Amarnath pilgrims.
“The attack was designed to create communal tension in the country. But I am grateful that the entire country, political parties and the central government especially the home minister helped us in overcoming the tragedy,” she said.
Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said.
So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high-altitude Himalayan shrine.
As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes.
The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.