Kashmir Unrest: Mehbooba flies to New Delhi, likely to meet Rajnath Singh


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Monday to discuss the situation in Kashmir. Eyewitnesses said that Chief Minister boarded the state plane just after 12 noon.

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Sources in New Delhi say that Mehbooba will meet PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discuss the prevailing situation in the valley. Reacting to the development, opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said Mehbooba has finally given up the "business as usual act".

"So @MehboobaMufti has finally given up on her 'business as usual' act and rushed to Delhi instead. "The amazing thing is that it's taken 31 days and more than 50 deaths to finally 'disturb' the Chief Minister," Omar wrote on twitter.

As many as 55 persons including two police personnel have been killed and several thousand others injured in the violent protests since July 9. Meanwhile, urging the Prime Minister to break his silence on the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, Opposition in Rajya Sabha led by Congress demanded initiation of a political process to defuse the crisis that has led to an unprecedented 30 days of curfew across the Valley.

The Opposition parties also demanded stopping the use of pellet guns on protesters, even as one member demanded withdrawal of AFPSA from the Kashmir Valley and withdrawal of the dominating presence of army from civilian areas.

Raising the issue in Zero Hour after his notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the issue was disallowed, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said no state in independent India has seen 30 days of continuous curfew that has paralysed the administration, shut down educational institutions and led to near zero attendance in government offices.

"In such circumstances, we want to awaken the government … We feel the government and the Prime Minister are watching the situation deteriorate like a silent spectator," he said, adding he wanted to know why Modi has not spoken on the grave situation in Kashmir so far.

"Hindustan ka Taj jal raha hai, par uski garmi Delhi tak nahi pahuchti (India's crown is burning but the heat hasn't yet reached Delhi)," Azad said.

Over 8,000 people, including security personnel, have been injured while 410 eye surgeries and 1,650 other surgeries are reported to have been done because of the use of pellet guns on protesters, he said.

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