Facing five-month-old unrest in the valley, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday impressed upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach out to the people in Kashmir by initiating confidence-building measures (CBMs) as she met him in New Delhi.
During the meeting in Parliament House complex, she briefed Modi on the latest situation in Kashmir Valley which has been witnessing trouble since July.
Mehbooba, who is heading a PDP-BJP coalition government, underlined the need for reaching out to the people of the state and in this regard urged the Prime Minister to initiate state-specific CBMs, sources said. The Prime Minister was supportive of her views, they added.
Later speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said the situation in Kashmir is improving.
"I discussed (with PM) how we can apply balm to the wounds of the people of Kashmir and talked about keeping a peaceful environment in the valley," she said.
About 96 civilians have been killed by security forces, about 15000 injured and about 10000 arrested during the past five months in Kashmir in a bid to quell the pro-freedom uprising triggered by the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. About 1500 civilians among the injured have been either fully or partially blinded by pellet guns used by the security forces on the protesters.
"The situation (in Kashmir) is improving gradually. I am happy that the students sat for the exams despite all this hardship. I congratulate the parents for this," she added.
She said people of the country should visit Kashmir and allow the people of Kashmir to welcome them and provide them their services.
Though protests have almost stopped in Kashmir, normal life continues to be disrupted because of the continuous shutdown being observed on the call of separatists against civilian killings. The strike, which has been going on for last five months, has been further extended till December 1.