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CM calls all-party meeting to discuss Kashmir situation

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Discusses situation with Governor

Srinagar, May 08: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has called an all party meeting of the political parties to discuss the situation in the Kashmir Valley.

“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is convening an all party meeting in Srinagar tomorrow to discuss the prevailing situation with political parties across the board,” an official spokesperson said.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) at 2 pm tomorrow, he said.

Yesterday, a 22-year-old Chennai resident R Thirumaniselvam, who was holidaying in the Valley with his family, died after his vehicle was attacked by stone pelters.

Upset over the incident, Mufti had termed it as “murder of humanity”, something she said was unheard of in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting will take place at a time when 16 people – eight militants, seven civilians and a tourist have been killed in the Valley during past four days.

On Saturday, three militants were killed in Srinagar’s Chattabal area, besides a teenager was knocked to death by a police vehicle. Next day, five militants and as many civilians were killed in a gunfight at Badigam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

A teen injured during Shopian clashes succumbed at SMHS Hospital today, taking the toll to 11.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Governor N N Vohra here today and discussed with him the situation in the state, particularly counter-insurgency operations and stone-pelting incidents, including one in which a tourist from Chennai was killed.

“During the course of their hour-and-half long meeting, the governor and chief minister discussed various important matters relating to counter-terrorist operations; continuing incidents of stone pelting; the death of a tourist and other concerns,” an official communiqué issued after the meeting said.

He said Mehbooba and Vohra also discussed the “growing radicalization”.

“The Governor also spoke to Mehbooba about certain issues relating to the prime minister’s forthcoming visits to Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions,” the spokesman said.

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