Update: After the meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her gratitude and to the people of the nation for extending their support at the time of crisis in the Valley.
“I am thankful to all for standing by our side at the time of such crisis. The Home Minister and the entire country supported throughout. Until all the political parties and nation come together, we cannot win this fight. It is not a law and order fight in Kashmir, but external forces are included in this war, whose intention is to disturb the peace of the state,” Mehbooba said.
“The entire state stood united, for which I would like to thank the people of the state and everybody else,” she added.
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the law and order situation in the state and security to Amarnath pilgrims, officials said.
During the meeting that lasted about half-an-hour, the chief minister apprised the home minister about the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley.
Steps taken to ensure the security of Amarnath pilgrims were also discussed, officials said.
Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday.
Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said.
So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine.
As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes.
The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.
Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.
The unrest has resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.