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Government to bait oil-rich Middle East nations into stopping the funding of separatists in Kashmir

The central government is getting increasingly worried over the ongoing clashes between the public and security forces in Kashmir. Stone pelting incidents have increased by a lot in the region since the BJP-PDP coalition government came into effect in 2015. Fed-up of the rising tension in the valley, the government is now planning to rope in oil-producing Middle East nations to stop the funding of organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami.

The Army had recently invited Oman’s Defence General Secretary Mohammed Bin Naseer to visit the Northern Command in Kashmir. Naseer was also taken out on a tour of the Valley to make him aware of the obstacles being faced by the armed forces in the terror-struck valley.

The government aims to make the separatists helpless by freezing their foreign funding while remaining firm on its ‘no talks’ policy, sources said. In the near future, security forces are likely to step up action against people working secretly for separatists.

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.

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