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PDP insiders said that Mehbooba wants anti-militancy operations to be suspended and the process of dialogue to be started both with the separatists and Pakistan to end the present cycle of violence.

Jammu: The rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir has caused annoyance across the country.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said there would be no obstruction of justice in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old minor in Kathua district.

On Saturday, BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav said resignations of the two BJP Cabinet Ministers (Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga) would be handed over to the CM for further action. "The ministers accused the J&K Police of carrying out a biased investigation which vitiated the atmosphere in Jammu and emboldened the people to hit the streets", a senior PDP leader told Firstpost.

The J&K government also made a decision to terminate the accused policemen from his service.

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After the meeting, Public Works minister Naeem Akhtar "appreciated" the support of alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Asifa gangrape-and-murder case. "The entire nation has come with her", he said. All PDP ministers, legislators and senior leaders were present at the meeting. However, the state unit of the saffron party is also holding a meeting with their leaders to discuss exit of BJP ministers and other aspects of the coalition with PDP.

He cautioned that there should be no communal politics played over the ghastly crime and everyone should ensure speedy justice and exemplary punishment to the culprits.

He suggested the Congress too was trying to shield the guilty, alleging that Jammu Bar president B.S. Slathia, who had called for a Jammu bandh on Wednesday to press for a CBI probe, was a "diehard Congressman".

The Chief Minister also wrote to the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, seeking a fast track court to conclude within 90 days the trial in the case that has caused a nation-wide outrage, official sources said here.

Mr Abdullah was reacting to a tweet which read, "The BJP Jammu spokesperson tells me they have no faith in J and K police crime branch investigation in Kathua rape; but isn't the BJP in power in J and K and doesn't police report to state govt or is there one govt in Srinagar, and another in Jammu? We have a common agenda of alliance and we are implementing our developmental agenda in all three regions of the state".


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