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Mehbooba meets Modi, urges him to de-escalate tension with Pakistan

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and urged him to de-escalate tension along the border and reach out to the people of the state with “tangible” confidence building measures to address their political, economic and developmental concerns.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2016 19:59 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti interacts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti interacts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and urged him to de-escalate tension along the border and reach out to the people of the state with “tangible” confidence building measures to address their political, economic and developmental concerns.

During the meeting, the first after the Indian Army carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on September 29 across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), the CM discussed with the Prime Minister the law and order situation and that prevailing along the border following soaring tension in the region, a state government spokesperson said.

“The people in Kashmir have gone through enormous agony and pain and the time has come to reach out to them and apply a balm to their wounds through ample initiatives at political, economic and developmental levels,” she was quoted as telling the PM.

She impressed upon the Prime Minister the need to view the current situation as an opportunity and start a dialogue process with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I hope that the Prime Minister, who has received such a big mandate, takes this situation as an opportunity and reaches out to the people of the state by starting a productive dialogue process to end the miseries of the people in the state,” the spokesperson quoted her as saying.

While expressing grave concern over the prevailing situation along the border, the CM called for de-escalation of the tension as people in the state have been the worst sufferers of the hostilities and confrontation in the region.

“Today also hundreds of families have to migrate from the border areas of the state and they suffer immense hardships because of the prevailing tense situation in the region,” she said and stressed the need for reviving the peace and reconciliation process.

She also discussed the overall developmental scenario in the state and measures being taken to expedite the implementation of projects under the Rs 80,000 crore Prime Minister’s Developmental Programme.