Mehbooba Mufti holds all-party meet over Kashmir unrest; National Conference boycotts
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday chaired an all-party meeting to review the volatile situation in the violence-hit state following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani earlier this month.
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday chaired an all-party meeting to review the volatile situation in the violence-hit state following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani earlier this month.
The meeting was, however, boycotted by Omar Abdullah-led National Conference.
The NC had earlier said that actions in the recent past have shown that there was no "effective leadership" in the state government.
Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, triggering violent clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies across the Valley, leaving 45 people dead and thousands injured.
The meeting came as authorities today decided to relax curfew across the Kashmir Valley in the afternoon to allow people buy essentials of life.
"Curfew will be relaxed in the afternoon to provide relief to the people," a senior police official said.
"The relaxation period will be reviewed in the evening as it depends upon how the law and order situation behaves," said the official.
Authorities also decided to open schools in four districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Badgam and Baramulla on Thursday. There are ten districts in the valley.
Thursday`s decision to relax curfew coincided with the separatists appeal to end the ongoing protest shutdown after 2.00 pm for the remaining portion of the day.
Separatists have again called a shutdown from Friday till Monday.
The valley has been reeling under curfew restrictions announced by the authorities, and a total protest shutdown called by the separatists for the last 13 days.