Srinagar, Aug 22: Unrest in the Kashmir Valley continued for 45th day today, bringing normal life across the valley to a standstill. With no signs of peace returning to the Valley, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today led a joint delegation of opposition parties and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Omar gave the Prime Minister details of the situation across the Valley and urged to come up with a solution to it as early as possible.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti thanked people of the state for keeping peaceful atmosphere in the region and stated that people spreading violence in Jammu and Kashmir can’t be Kashmiris. Taking a jibe at former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Mufti said it’s a really good thing if there is solution found by opposition meeting President and PM for restoring peace. (ALSO READ: Kashmir unrest: 60 terrorists sneak into Jammu and Kashmir taking advantage of clashes in the valley)
“I thank people of Jammu for keeping peaceful atmosphere in the region. People spreading violence in J&K can’t be Kashmiris. Initially Handwara, after sometime they raked up the issue of colonies. These people are trying to create unrest situations in Kashmir”, Mufti was quoted saying by ANI. “If you want to protest why children are taken & police stations are attacked. These people create sentiments amongst mob andthen run away”, Mufti added further. (ALSO READ: Mehbooba Mufti blames Central leadership, from Nehru to Modi, for Kashmir unrest)
Earlier on Saturday, Omar along with a delegation of opposition parties held an hour long meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee. Omar urged the President to use his power and get the Centre working in finding a solution to the turmoil in the Valley. Omar also asked the President to force the Centre to take necessary steps to stop the use of lethal force against civilians in the Valley. “The failure of the central government to acknowledge that the issue in Kashmir is largely of a political nature has worsened the already volatile situation,” Omar was quoted saying by PTI.