Mehbooba Mufti meets families affected by Kashmir violence

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday met families of the victims of violence in this volatile south Kashmir district, the worst affected by the current unrest that has left dozens dead and thousands injured in the aftermath of the July 8 killing of a top rebel commander. It was for the first time that Mehbooba Mufti reached out to some south Kashmir families whose members were either killed or injured in the deadliest cycle of violence in years that has gripped the entire valley. According to the chief minister's media aide, Suhail Bukhari, Mehbooba Mufti met "several families of the south Kashmir Anantnag district". Most of the nearly 45 deaths in the current unrest have been from south Kashmir where the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander belonged to. "She reached out to them. She felt heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of their near ones and expressed her sympathies with them," Bukhari told IANS.