New Delhi - Held Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday sought the creation of an institutional mechanism of interlocutors to talk to all stakeholders in the state to carry forward former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s policy of a dialogue internally as well as with Pakistan.

Mehbooba Mufti, who called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and discussed the situation in the Kashmir Valley for over an hour, told reporters that he was very concerned about the situation and asked for steps to end this “bloodshed” so that the state came out of the present turmoil.

This is the first meeting Mehbooba had with Modi after violence broke out in the Valley on July 8.

Taking Pakistan head on, Mehbooba said, “Our prime minister took bold initiatives of inviting Nawaz Sharif for oath-taking ceremony and later flew to Lahore. This was unfortunately followed by the Pathankot attack. Lately, when the situation was bad and Pakistan was fuelling the ongoing crisis in Kashmir, our Home Minister Rajnath Singhji went to Lahore, but again, unfortunately, Pakistan let go this golden opportunity and did not extend the courtesy that needs to be given to a guest.”

“I believe that Modiji, who took a bold step of going there, today again says we need to talk to our own people, because people are dying. I am sure that the prime minister will not forget to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue,” she said. The prime minister was urged to hold talks with all the stakeholders in the State and this could be possible through an institutionalised mechanism. “Please appoint a group of individuals on whom people of Kashmir have trust, that whatever they are saying will reach to people at the helm of affairs in Delhi,” she said.  “Similarly, I will ask Pakistan if they have some concern for the people of Kashmir, they should stop supporting the people who are instigating the youth in the Valley,” she said.

Asked about talks with the Hurriyat Conference, she said a dialogue should be held with all those who wanted talks. But “those who are instigating the people to carry out attacks on camps and police stations are not interested in talks,” she noted.