‘Give Me One Chance’: Mehbooba Mufti

NEW DELHI: Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti made an emotional appeal to all the protesters in the Kashmir valley on Saturday to give her “one chance” to meet all their concerns. She reminded them that she had been in office for only two months now.

She sought the help of the separatists of the Hurriyat Conference (All Parties Hurriyat Conference is an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organizations formed on March 9, 1993 as a political front to raise the cause of Kashmiri independence) in ending violent protests in the state, after a meeting with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

“Everyone wants the bloodshed to stop. But dialogue can only happen with those who want it. I appeal to all the Hurriyat to help me in getting peace back on the streets of the Kashmir valley,” J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said. Mehbooba restated her views that violence is created and followed by only 5 percent of people as the majority of population is keen on maintaining peace in the valley.

Ms Mufti presented a ‘three point plan’ to de-escalate tensions in the Kashmir Valley in a good 45 minutes meeting with the PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi as news reports suggest. “Instead of helping to set things right in the Kashmir Valley, Pakistan has been trying to provoke. It has let go a golden opportunity when Rajnath Singh was in Islamabad. Modiji took the initiative. He went to Lahore. Now Pakistan has to come forward. I am sure that PM Modiji will not forget to find a long lasting solution to the Kashmir valley issue”, Mehbooba said.

Kashmir has been under curfew for the last 50 days since the protest have started over the killing of terrorist, Burhan Wani, in July. Around 60 people are dead since then and over 11,000 people have been injured in the clashes which include 7,000 civilians and 4,000 security personnel in the Kashmir Valley according to the sources.

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