CM to con­vince PM, HM to en­ter di­a­logue with Pak, sep­a­ratists

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Chief Min­is­ter, Me­hbooba Mufti, is leav­ing for New Delhi to ap­prise the cen­tral lead­ers about the lat­est se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir fol­low­ing the killing of 49 peo­ple as a re­sult of clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and se­cu­rity forces over the killing of Hizbul Mu­jahideen ' com­man­der' Burhan Wani. Does it mean that the BJP led NDA Gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi and the union Home Min­is­ter, Ra­j­nath Singh, are un­aware of the lat­est se­cu­rity sce­nario in Kash­mir? Cer­tainly not. The Union Home Min­is­ter and the Prime Min­is­ter re­ceive minute to minute re­ports about the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir and there is no need for Me­hbooba to ap­prise them of the se­cu­rity sce­nario be­cause Ra­j­nath Singh and Modi have bet­ter aware­ness of the re­ports on se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir.

What then is the pur­pose of Me­hbooba vis­it­ing New Delhi. Her pur­pose, ac­cord­ing to in­formed sources, was to con­vince the BJP top lead­ers about the need for re­open­ing of chan­nels of di­a­logue with sep­a­ratists and Pak­istan. Me­hbooba be­lieves that once New Delhi keep Is­lam­abad and Kash­miri sep­a­ratists engaged in the process of di­a­logue they will not have time in trig­ger­ing vi­o­lence in the val­ley.

In fact this is the de­ci­sion that was taken dur­ing an All Party meet in Sri­na­gar on Thurs­day. The PDP lead­er­ship moved the idea of re­open­ing of the process of di­a­logue with Pak­istan and sep­a­ratists and other par­ties en­dorsed it. The BJP was not very can­did about its sup­port but those present in the meeting had to sup­port Me­hbooba's idea.

Hence Me­hbooba will try to per­suade the cen­tral Gov­ern­ment lead­er­ship to re­open the doors of di­a­logue with the sep­a­ratists who had been play­ing a dirty role dur­ing the 14-day tur­moil in Kash­mir.

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