Mehbooba to chair cabinet meet on Friday in Jammu, police civil administration shake up on cards
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is going to chair a crucial cabinet meeting in Jammu on Friday as the day coincides with end of darbar move and closure of offices at Jammu. This would be the last cabinet meeting in the winter capital of Jammu in which Mehbooba mufti is likely to reshuffle civil administration and police. According to one of the senior ministers in Mehbooba cabinet, Kashmir situation would also be discussed in the cabinet and fresh directions are likely to be passed on to the police and security forces to minimize civilian casualties.
Civilian protests at kupwara on Thursday and the use of force in which one civilian was killed and ten others were injured has rattled Mehbooba Mufti who has recently told her Police and security top brass that there should be an end to civilian casualties in Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti who also holds home portfolio is not happy the way senior police officer, especially district police officers have been handling law and order situation on ground. “ she is deeply perturbed the way police has been handling student protests and she has passed directions in police that excessive use of force on students in Lal Chowk and Pulwama could have been avoided” a senior PDP minister told VOV.
In order to tighten her grip over the administration and police in the cabinet meet of Friday at Jammu a reshuffle is expected and she may like to bring some new faces in the civil and police administration of Kashmir valley to face the challenges of summer here. Sources close to the government told VOV that many senior civil and police officers are likely to be transferred. PDP has decided to dug its heels and start fighting on the ground the growing hate against the party in the youth of valley. Mehbooba Mufti has also decided to expedite the process of withdrawing of FIRs against those hundreds of youth in the past few years as the party feels that it was one of the main reasons for the youth to show their anger on the streets.