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  • Separatist leaders detained ahead of PM Modi's visit to Kashmir valley
    Separatist leaders detained ahead of PM Modi's visit to Kashmir valley editor editor on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 reviews [0]
    SPN TOB-SRINAGAR: J&K cops on Monday detained separatist leaders SAS Geelani, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit to Kashmir valley on November 7.

    PM Modi is scheduled to visit J&K on November 7.

    During his visit, the PM will address rallies in Srinagar and Ramban district, along with laying the foundation stone of four-laning of Udhampur-Banihal national highway.

    Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had said on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit will be a "turning point" in the history of J&K and the people of the state have great expectations from it.

    "People have great expectations from the visit of the Prime Minister who is a visionary and has his eyes fixed on overall development of J&K. I see this as a turning point in the history of the state," Sayeed said while recalling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's address to the people at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium at Sonwar in 2003.

    The chief minister, while addressing a public meeting, cited several instances where the Centre extended wholehearted support in core sectors linked to connectivity, healthcare, education and rural development.

    He said the Prime Minister had personally intervened in speeding up work of four-lanning of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and broadening the scope of railway network in the state.

    "I met Modi a couple of times and realized that he genuinely wants to win the hearts and minds of people of the state," Sayeed said.

    He also praised Modi for inviting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in his swearing-in ceremony last year.

    Urging India and Pakistan to shun confrontation and engage in a meaningful dialogue, Sayeed said the state is the first casualty of tension between the two countries.

    He stressed that if India has to emerge as a world power, it will have to foster and maintain friendly ties with all its neighbours, including Pakistan.

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