Mehbooba meets Rajnath to discuss Kashmir situation

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the situation in Kashmir while the opposition has demanded a discussion in parliament on the ongoing unrest in the valley.

The Chief Minister arrived in Delhi a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the Kashmir situation with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Rajnath Singh.

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.

Earlier on Monday, opposition parties also condemned the “silence” of the central government on the situation 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.

Over 55 people have been killed and over 5,000 people injured in clashes between the security forces and protesters in Kashmir Valley.



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