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J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti blames 'external forces' for Kashmir unrest

File picture. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 15, 2017, 01.00 PM (IST)

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today met home minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the prevailing security situation in the state especially the security arrangements for the ongoing Amarnath pilgrimage.

Mehbooba Mufti, while discussing the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, blamed "external forces" for the ongoing fight in Kashmir. She also said that China is trying to meddle in the affairs of Kashmir.

"Kashmir issue is not a law and order problem. It is happening because of external forces. The ongoing fight is a handiwork of external forces and now unfortunately China is also trying to meddle into it," Mehbooba told reporters emerging from the meeting. 

"All countries condemned the Amarnath Terror Attack, surprising that we didn't hear anything from China," she added.

She expressed her gratitude to the home minister and the people of the country for their support in the aftermath of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims last week.

"The attack was designed to create communal tension in the country. But I am grateful that the entire country, political parties and the central government especially the home minister helped us in overcoming the tragedy," she said.

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Seven pilgrims were killed when a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims was attacked by terrorists in Kashmir's Anantnag district.

The attack led to strong reactions from across the country. The Kashmir civil society also condemned the incident terming it as an attack on "Kashmiriyat".  

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