Amid Ten­sion in Val­ley, Mufti Meets Modi

OIC Backs Pak Stand on Kash­mir

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi | Srinagar: J&KCM Me­hbooba Mufti has re­quested the Cen­tre to en­sure a time­bound in­quiry into the Hand­wara fir­ing, which killed three civil­ians on Tues­day. The CM’s move came on a day when vi­o­lent clashes in Hand­wara re­sulted in another death and the Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence called for a dawn-to-dusk shut­down of the Kash­mir val­ley on Thurs­day.

Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a bud­ding crick­eter, and a woman were killed in Hand­wara on Tues­day when se­cu­rity forces fired at stone-pelt­ing pro­test­ers who tar­geted their bunker. The in­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter ru­mours that some Army per­son­nel had al­legedly mo­lested a girl re­turn­ing from school. Mufti met de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in New Delhi to ask for a time-bound in­quiry into the Hand­wara fir­ing. De­scrib­ing the fir­ing in­ci­dent as “very un­for­tu­nate”, the CM later told jour­nal­ists: “I spoke to the de­fence min­is­ter.He­as­sured­methat­aprobe­will beini­ti­atedandthecul­pritswillbe pun­ished. At the same time, the fam­ily (of the vic­tims) will be com­pen­sated. Such in­ci­dents should not hap­pen in the fu­ture.” The CM sought to dis­pel re­ports about any an­i­mos­ity be­tween lo­cal and out­sta­tion stu­dents at NIT and said her gov­ern­ment will en­sure se­cu­rity of all stu­dents in the Val­ley. “They are our chil­dren. It is our job to pro­vide them se­cu­rity. I am con­fi­dent they will come back, Kash­mir is their home.”

In New Delhi, Mufti also called on PM Modi and pitched for in­clu­sion of Srinagar and Jammu among smart cities.

Pak­istan has claimed the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) has backed the “right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion” for Kash­miris in ac­cor­dance with UN res­o­lu­tions and that the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s en­voy Ab­dul­lah Al-Alim would soon visit J&K. The for­eign of­fice said in a state­ment that the OIC Con­tact Group on J&K met on the side­lines of the on­go­ing 13th OIC Sum­mit in Turkey. “(It) re­it­er­ated OIC’s con­tin­ued sup­port to the peo­ple of In­di­anoc­cu­pied Jammu and Kash­mir...”

Mufti meets de­fence min­is­ter Par­rikar, seeks time­bound in­quiry into the Hand­wara fir­ing

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