Mehbooba Mufti to meet Rajnath Singh in Delhi

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Mehbooba said that "Outside forces are involved behind rising violence in Kashmir". The tense situation in the Valley, glaring gaps in governance, the inability of her ministers in breaking the political impasse in South Kashmir was the main theme of the discussion, though the meeting was called to discuss arrangements for the party's founders' day on August 3.

"She is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh", they said. "We need backing of the whole country and all political parties to emerge victorious", Mehbooba said.

The United States, France, Nepal and several other countries had earlier strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 10 in which seven pilgrims lost their lives and 15 others were injured.

"We are not fighting for law and order situation in Kashmir. Their attempt is to spoil the atmosphere in J&K", she said.

Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said. The meeting between both the leaders focussed on the issue of security to be provided to the pilgrims.

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In the state, nearly four districts - Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag - have been severely hit by violence and communal activities since Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

So far, 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine.

The Opposition has slammed the Government for failing to ensure security of Amarnath Yatris.

The state government has deployed some 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police and two Army battalions for the security of the pilgrims. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.

She said the present crisis in Kashmir is not a mere law-and-order problem, adding the fight is against foreign powers.

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