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Jammu and Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba Mufti meets PM Modi

Even as they spoke, news broke of students clashing with police in Kashmir. Photograph: (Getty)

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 24, 2017, 02.28 AM (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to discuss the situation in her strife-riven state. 

Even as they spoke, television news reported clashes between stundents and police in Kashmir where schools and colleges have opened today after a week. 

Speaking to reporters after her meeting with the prime minister, she said they would have to start from where former president Atal Behari Vajpayee left off or there would be no chance of improving the situation in the state. 

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She added that in Vajpayee's time many talks had taken place. That the Hurriyat was talked to -- something that has not happened this time around -- and that "others" -- possibly a reference to militants -- were spoken to too. 

She added that Modi has repeated said he will follow in the footsteps of Vajpayee, whose policy was one of reconciliation and not confrontation. 

"Jahan par Vajpayee ji chhor gaye the, wahin se issko aage le jaana padega nahin toh J&K ki haalat sudharne ka koi chance nahin hai," Mufti told reporters after her meeting with the prime minister. 

"Pehle humein situation ko sambhaalne dijiye, kyunki pattharbaazi aur goli ke mahaul mein baat nahin ho sakti," she added. 

"There are some youths who are disillusioned, others are being incited. Will work out something in Unified command meet tomorrow,' she said. 

"I pressed that J&K doesn't have control over water resources, and how losses caused by Indus Waters Treaty can be compensated," she said. 

"J&K mein pehle Vajpayee sahab ke time mei baat hui hai. LK Advani deputy PM thhe. Hurriyat ke saath baat hui hai, doosron se baat hui hai," she added. 

"Modi ji has repeatedly said that he would follow Vajpayee ji's footsteps, whose policy is of reconciliation not confrontation," she added. 

Mufti also met with home minister Rajnath Singh. 

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