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As Kashmir enters 31st day of curfew, Mehbooba Mufti meets Rajnath Singh to discuss situation

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 08 Aug 2016, 17:21:07 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the Home Minister and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. 

The meeting came amid the demands by the Opposition in Rajya Sabha of a start to a political process to defuse the crisis that has so far claimed over 50 civilian lives. 

Opposition members, including Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, called for an all-party meeting on the situation in the valley which has been on the boil for the past month -- since the July 8 killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Opposition parties have demanded the Narendra Modi’s response on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. 

The government, in response, said that it was ready to discuss the issue.

"We want peace in Kashmir... and people of Kashmir have repeatedly defeated powers that have tried to disrupt peace. We are ready to debate on the issue," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

So far, 52 persons -- mostly young boys – have been killed in the unrest that followed the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

More than 200 civilians have been hit by pellets in their eyes with many of them at the risk of losing eyesight, leading to calls for ending the use of pellet guns as a weapon for crowd control. 

Over 5,000 people injured in clashes between the security forces and protesters in Kashmir Valley. 

Yesterday, PM Modi held a meeting with his cabinet colleague Rajnath Singh and NSA to discuss the Kashmir situation.