External Forces meddling in Kashmir affairs: Mehbooba

New Delhi, Jul 15: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today accused China of interfering in the security situation of the state.
“External forces are involved in this fight, there is infiltration, terrorists are coming in. Their attempt is to spoil the atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba told media after meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the first time after Amarnath Yatra terror attack here.
“Now, unfortunately China has also started interfering”, she added.
Earlier, it was Pakistan but now there are reports of China meddling in Kashm-ir affairs as well she said.
Mufti also expressed her gratitude to Rajnath Singh and to the people of the nation for extending their support at the time of crisis in the Valley.
“It is not a law and order fight in Kashmir, but external forces are included in this war, whose intention is to disturb peace in the state,” she said.
“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,” she said.
During the meeting that lasted about half-an-hour, the chief minister apprised the home minister about the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley.
She said she was very much satisfied with her talks with the Home Minister and she was thankful to him for promising all kind of support to bring normalcy in the state.
Replying to a question she said, the state will continue to be governed by Article 370 of the Constitution, she pointed out that the President in his recent Ordinance had said the implementation of the Good and Services Tax (GST) in no way affected the framework provided by this Article.
Earlier this week, China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan, had said that it was ‘willing to play a constructive role in improving relations between India and Pakistan’.
Terming India and Pakistan important South Asian countries, Beijing had noted that the ‘situation in Kashmir has attracted the attention of the international community’.
On Amarnath Yatra attack, the CM said that Monday’s killing of seven pilgrims by militants was designed to create communal tension.
“The (Amarnath Yatra) 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.
Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said.
So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine.
As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year. (Agencies)