Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday appealed to Pakistan to not provoke violence in the state. "If Pakistan has sympathy for Kashmiri youth, they should not provoke them to attack security camps or police stations," she said, adding that it was now up to the neighbouring country to respond if it wanted peace in Kashmir, The Indian Express reported.

The Peoples Democratic Party leader met Modi at his official home in Delhi on Saturday to discuss the state of unrest in the Valley, 50 days after protests broke out following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mufti said the prime minister was as concerned about the violence in Kashmir as everyone else and called for talks on the matter among all stakeholders.

The 57-year-old minister also urged separatists help the government "save the lives of innocent youth" and appealed to the media to cooperate with her to resolve the issue, ANI reported. "Give me a chance to fix things, instead of inciting further violence. It hasn't even been two months since I came to power, and there is such a big crisis," Mufti said.

Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his two-day visit to Srinagar on Thursday, during which he had vowed that an alternative to pellet guns will be found. His visit was seen as a sign of the Centre extending its support to end the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. While addressing a joint press conference with Singh, Mufti had reiterated that only a handful of people were inciting violence in the state. Nearly 70 civilians have died in the clashes so far.