Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi. She apprised them of the situation in the state and stressing on the immediate need to address alienation among Kashmiri youth.
An official spokesman said that Mehbooba stressed on “finding ways and means to end the cycle of violence in the state by addressing the element of alienation among the youth”.
She said the people of the state were looking to the country’s political leadership to support them in getting out of the cycle of uncertainty and deaths.
Reiterating her demand for peaceful engagement with all stakeholders, Mehbooba sought more frequent meetings at the highest levels between India and Pakistan.
“She also favoured the idea that the two army commands be in touch to minimise tensions across the borders,” the spokesman said.
Mehbooba also pleaded for opening more historic routes across the LoC and movement of more people to build public confidence.
She called for development of Sharda Peeth, an ancient seat of learning across the LoC, on the lines of Nalanda and Takshila.
“Implementation of the Agenda of Alliance (between the PDP and the BJP), execution of the Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP), and other mega developmental projects in the state came up for discussion during the meeting,” the spokesman added.
In her meeting with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Mehbooba underscored the need for a humane approach while dealing with law and order situations and of avoiding collateral damage during security operations.
Every civilian killing or collateral damage, she said, gives vested elements an opportunity to exploit the situation to their advantage.
An official spokesman said that Sitharaman agreed on sticking to a professional approach to deal with law and order situations.
During the meeting, Mehbooba also raised the issue of enhancement of rent on properties, including orchards and buildings, under the use of army. She also sought expediting of the process of handing over the remaining part of the Tattoo Ground to the local administration.
Mehbooba also sought handing over of 456 kanals of land from army at Anantnag High Ground and vacation of Kharbathang Plateau at Kargil in lieu of alternate pieces of land. She also sought clearance of bottlenecks coming in the way of expansion of Jammu Airport and Jammu University.