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Mehbooba Mufti, Rajnath Singh discuss Kashmir situation

Mehbooba Mufti, Rajnath Singh discuss Kashmir situation

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In order to discuss the situation in Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. 

"There is a need to apply balm to the wounds of Kashmiri people," Mufti said after meeting Singh. 

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister reached Delhi in the aftrenoon and headed to meet Singh. 

"So @MehboobaMufti has finally given up on her ‘business as usual’ act and rushed to Delhi instead," former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, taking a dig at Mufti. 

"The amazing thing is that it’s taken 31 days and more than 50 deaths to finally ‘disturb’ the chief minister," Omar added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Singh to discuss the Kashmir issue, media reports said. 

Earlier in the day, Opposition members, including Congress leader Ghulam Nabi slammed the Union government and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the ongoing Kashmir crisis during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha. Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader termed the use of pellet guns as "inhuman" and "criminal". 

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi replied saying that the government was ready to discuss the issue.

"We want peace in Kashmir… The people of Kashmir have repeatedly defeated powers that have tried to disrupt peace. We are ready to debate on the issue," Naqvi said.

Meanwhile, curfew and restrictions continue to paralyse life across the Valley for the 31st consecutive day. A total of 55 people have died and over 3,000 others injured in the unrest that started on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.

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