Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, blamed China of meddling in the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir stating that “ foreign powers were behind’’ the militant attacks that are taking place.
Speaking to reporters after her meeting with the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, Mehbooba said, “foreign powers are behind the attacks that are taking place. Now, even China has started meddling in our affairs.” Mufti was apparently referring to the recent statements of the country over Kashmir.
She expressed happiness regarding a “joint effort” being carried out by political parties to find a solution to Kashmir issue. “I am happy that the political parties have come together to find a solution to problems in Kashmir,” Mufti said.
Mehbooba met Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and the duo discussed the security situation in Kashmir. “ Kashmir me hum law and order ki ladaai nahi ladd rahe. Jab tak pura mulk, political parties saath nahi dete tab tak ye jang nahi jeet sakte (The war we are fighting in Kashmir isn’t that of law and order problems. We can’t win this war unless different political parties and the entire country supports us),” she told reporters.
During the meeting that lasted about half an hour, the chief minister apprised the home minister about the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley. Steps taken to ensure the security of Amarnath pilgrims were also discussed, officials said.
Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday. 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.
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 8 July, 2016.
The unrest has resumed since the 9 April bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that Kashmir dispute was not a law and order problem and that entire country needed to support them in this war.