Sun, Apr 23, 2017 | updated 10:58 AM IST

Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba for dialogue, says J-K can become bridge between India, Pakistan

Updated: Aug 08, 2016 18:41 IST      
Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba for dialogue, says J-K can become bridge between India, Pakistan

New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): With the curfew in Kashmir Valley extending into its 31st day and the death toll from the recent clashes rising to 55, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called on Prime Minister Narenndra Modi to reach out to the people of the state thorough dialogue, adding the process can make the state a bridge between India and Pakistan.

Mehbooba, who was in the national capital, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh to discuss the soaring unrest in the Valley since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, which led to violence and massive demonstrations in the state.

"I spoke to Rajnath ji today and told him that the people of Kashmir are our very own and if there is an issue, a dialogue should be held, the way it was conducted during Vajpayee ji's time which won the hearts of many people. We should revive that process," she told the media after the meeting.

Asserting that she was sure Prime Minister Modi would take this opportunity to heal the wounds of Kashmiris and carry forward Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tradition of dialogue, Mehbooba said Kashmir can become a bridge between India and Pakistan.

"They are our people and if dialogue can solve the problems then our children can continue going to schools and Kashmir can become a bridge between India and Pakistan instead of a representation of conflict between the two nations," she said.

Meanwhile, reacting to the meeting, opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said Mehbooba has finally given up the "business as usual act".

"So @MehboobaMufti has finally given up on her 'business as usual' act and rushed to Delhi instead. The amazing thing is that it's taken 31 days and more than 50 deaths to finally 'disturb' the Chief Minister," Omar tweeted.

Earlier today, Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha urged the government to call an all-party meeting to discuss the Kashmir issue.

They also suggested sending an all-party delegation to Srinagar to take stock of the situation.

Raising the issue in the Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed concern over curfew imposed in some parts of the Valley.

He said the curfew is continuing for the first time for such a long period.

He said more than eight thousand people were injured in the violent incidents.

Sitaram Yechury of the CPI (M) said everything is paralysed in the Valley and suggested that the use of pellet guns should be withdrawn.

D. Raja of CPI demanded withdrawal of armed forces and urged the government to initiate the political process.

JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav demanded a discussion on Kashmir issue in the House.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government is ready for the discussion and he will convey the feelings of the members to the Home Minister.

Responding to this, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the government is ready for a discussion on Tuesday. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led corporation has failed to live up to its expectation in the last ten years, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Sunday said the national capital should vote for the grand old party for sensible governance.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 23 (ANI): Predicting a thumping majority for the saffron party in the civic polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice-president Shyam Jaju on Sunday said Delhi has already rejected the Congress, adding the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stands exposed courtesy its work in the last two and half years.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): In a yet another veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed the people to come out in large numbers and vote for in "Dengue and Chikungunya free" Delhi.

Full Story >>

No room for Kejriwal this MCD polls, says BJP

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 09:50 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader (BJP) Vijender Gupta and his party members, who came to cast their votes for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Sunday, asserted that with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ruling the nation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will find it hard to rule the national capital again.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 23 (ANI): With Civic polls underway, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday exuded confidence and asserted that the National Capital will vote against the misgovernance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the third meeting of NITI Aayog's Governing Council today, wherein action taken on decisions of the earlier two meetings will be discussed in detail.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday urged the farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar for the last 39 days to call off their protest and said that he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submit a memorandum highlighting their plight.

Full Story >>

Delhi votes: Polling for MCD elections begins

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 08:00 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has begun.

Full Story >>

Mumbai/Srinagar [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Coming down heavily upon Congress leader P. Chidambaram for his tweet regarding the People's Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance, the BJP on Sunday dubbed the former as 'failed ex-home minister,' while saying that the grand old party was fishing in troubled waters by making such negative assertion.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Reacting to former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav's open letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Sunday backed the former, while saying that he had raised his opinion very late.

Full Story >>

New Delhi/Bengaluru [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed confidence while asserting that the civic polls would prove that the saffron party was far ahead of other political parties.

Full Story >>

MCD polls 2017: Acid test for BJP, AAP, Cong

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 06:03 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will start today at 8 a.m. and will carry on till 5.30 p.m.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Validating Tamil Nadu's Dravidian roots, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) asserted that Tamil Nadu would be governed only by Dravidian parties owing to decades of governance by the latter.

Full Story >>

UP Navnirman Sena's Amit Jani arrested

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 05:36 IST

Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena's Amit Jani was arrested on late Saturday evening in connection with the anti-Kashmiri hoardings that were displayed across the city.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): After reports of Pakistan's involvement in protecting Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's mentor and successor Ayman al-Zawahiri as well as the slain terrorist's eleventh son Hamza surfaced earlier on Saturday, defence experts asserted that the United States was providing large financial aids to Pakistan, despite being aware of the situation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Expressing confidence about winning the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, the Congress on Sunday said the misrule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the breach of promises by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would lead to the success of the grand old party in the civic polls.

Full Story >>

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh government's 'Dream 30' initiative to provide specialised and quality education in the state's Jashpur district has bore fruit as two students, who were a part of the initiative, were among the ten toppers in class X Chhattisgarh board exams.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): An orphanage in Hyderabad's Uppal landed into soup after forcing children to clean the drainage.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Refuting the reports of foreign models being asked to remove saffron scarves inscribed with 'Ram naam' before entering the Taj Mahal, the Tourism and Culture ministry has said that no official of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) or the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was involved in the reported incident.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shaina NC has filed a police complaint after allegedly receiving lewd messages.

Full Story >>