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Pok should be considered along with Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed cross-border terrorism for a violent phase in Kashmir that has left 58 people dead since July 8th.

PM Modi asked the external affairs ministry to contact expats from PoK to gather information about the “pitiable conditions” in the region and apprise the global community.

“Pakistan has forgotten that it bombards its own citizens from fighter planes,” Modi said 

Modi said the government will reach out to the Valley but added that Jammu, Ladakh and PoK should also be talked about in the same breath when discussing Kashmir.

While Modi said the government was ready to “talk to all” in Kashmir, finance minister Arun Jaitley told reporters later that a decision to engage with the separatist Hurriyat will be taken “keeping in view the prevailing circumstance.”

Home minister Rajnath Singh told the meeting that an all-party delegation to the Kashmir will be considered “after grounds were prepared in consultation with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti”.

All the parties barring the Shiv Sena favoured a ban on the use of pellet guns, which have injured a large number of civilians including children. Many of them have lost partial or full eyesight.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and some others sought lifting the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which gives unfettered powers to security forces, from civilian areas in the Valley.



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