Mehbooba chairs PDP Core Group meeting

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Srinagar, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday told her party’s Core Group that Government of India was ready to initiate dialogue on Kashmir but wants peace to return to the Valley first.

Hours after her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi wherein she emphasized upon the need for a dialogue, Mehbooba chaired the meeting of Peoples Democratic Party’s Core Group and informed it about her one-on-one meeting with the Prime Minister.

She sought suggestion for improving the situation in Kashmir which has seen spike in the protests in the wake of fresh killings on the day of bypolls to Srinagar parliamentary seat on April 9. But, Mehbooba also informed the meeting that she categorically told New Delhi that political dialogue was imperative for return of peace to Kashmir.

“The Chief Minister also assured that there was no need to panic and the Government will complete its term,” a party leader, who is part of the group, said.

“If Centre would continue to delay the dialogue process, I will not hesitate to leave the chair,” another PDP member quoted Mehbooba as saying.

The PDP leader said the tension between the state government and the army over tying of a civilian by the army to a jeep as ‘human shield’ against stone-pelters and subsequent filing of FIR against the accused army unit was also discussed during the meeting.
Mehbooba is learnt to have told the meeting that she ensured registration of FIR against the army and also took swift action against the ‘cow vigilantes’ in Jammu who had attacked a nomadic family and took away their entire flock. Police has arrested at least 11 accused in the case so far.