Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the violence in the Valley was the “handiwork of external forces” and “now unfortunately, China is trying to meddle in it.” She also reiterated that the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, which left seven dead, was to create “communal tension” in the country. Ms. Mufti’s statement followed her meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence to discuss the law and order situation in the State and security arrangements for Amarnath pilgrims. Explaining her remarks, Ms. Mufti later told The Hindu that she had referred to China’s recent remarks indicating that “a third country” could take action in Kashmir to support Pakistan in the same way India had supported Bhutan on the Doklam plateau.

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