NEW DELHI: As Kashmir began an unprecedented 31st straight day under curfew, the number of deaths reported since early July has touched nearly 60. In parliament, opposition parties questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the worst violence in six years and demanded the government call a meeting with leaders of all parties to find a solution to the crisis that began with the shooting of 22-year-old terrorist Burhan Wani last month.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi today to discuss situation in Kashmir. She is expected to meet PM Modi in Parliament. Earlier today, the Prime Minister met with the Home Minister and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to discuss the situation in Kashmir.”The situation there is very tense and it is regrettable that the government is watching from the sidelines…not a word from the Prime Minister…people in Kashmir are wondering why the Prime Minister is silent on the situation in Kashmir,” said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in parliament.
The Left’s Sitaram Yechury joined him in asking the government to call an urgent meeting of all parties.Mr Yechury was among a group of opposition leaders who questioned the use of pellet guns to quell the huge protests. Hundreds of people have been left with serious eye injuries and been operated on because of the pellet guns. The Home Minister recently announced that a committee will look urgently for an alternative to the pellet gun and define the scope of use of the non-lethal weapon.