Kashmir unrest: Govt to rope in oil-rich Middle East nations to stop funding of separatists

Worried over the non-stop clashes between civilians and security forces in the Kashmir Valley, the government is now planning to squeeze out funding of separatist organisations from Middle East countries.

The Narendra Modi government is worried over the continuous clashes between civilians and security forces in the Kashmir Valley. Stone pelting incidents have increased manifold in the region since the BJP-PDP government came into power. Concerned over the situation, the government is now planning to rope in oil producing Middle East nations to stop funding of organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami.

According to sources, the Army invited Oman's Defence General Secretary Mohammed Bin Naseer to visit the Northern Command in Kashmir recently. Naseer was also taken out on a tour of the Valley to apprise him of the situation and challenges being faced by the security forces.

The government aims to isolate the separatists by squeezing their foreign funding while remaining firm on its 'no talks' policy, sources said. In the coming months, security forces are likely to step up action against people working covertly for separatists.

The issue of Kashmir unrest also featured in the Bharatiya Janata Party's core group meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a couple of days ago.

Eight people were killed in clashes by-election in Anantnag last week. The violence prompted the Election Commission to postpone voting.

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Last week, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday apprised National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of the security situation in Kashmir. Rawat's meeting with Doval on April 16 came a day after he had separate deliberations with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra over the law and order situation in Kashmir during his visit to the state.

As many as 411 stone-pelting incidents have been reported in the Kashmir Valley from October 2016 to March 2017. Hundreds of civilians and security men have been injured in clashes in the region.

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