Aiming to restore normalcy, MP’s delegation holds talks

RSTV Bureau
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a meeting with former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a meeting with former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Aiming to bring peace in the valley in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh led all party delegation reached Srinagar on Sunday for a two-day visit.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today met the all-party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and said such efforts have lost credibility as there has hardly been any follow-up after similar visits in the past.

During his hour-long interaction with the delegation, Omar recalled the previous all-party delegation visits since 1990 to Kashmir and said that “unfortunately when things cool down, there is no progress on the issue”.

He said the MPs who have come here this time face a mammoth task in their hands to revive faith in this process.

“There was a time when my father had conveyed to grant internal autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and had warned New Delhi that if they continue to deny it, time will come when it will also not be acceptable to people of Jammu and Kashmir. I think we are heading for that time only,” said Omar.

MP's delegation holds meetings with political parties in Srinagar Photo-PTI

MP’s delegation holds meetings with political parties in Srinagar
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The delegation comprising 30 members from 20 parties is interacting with a cross section of people including members of Hurriyat after CM Mehbooba Mufti invited them for talks with the delegation of MP’s.

But, making it clear that they were not interested in meeting the delegation led by union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the separatist leaders said one “fails to understand” what hope to attach with a delegation which has not “spelled out its mandate for any engagement on a clear agenda”.

On Sunday Morning Home Minister said expressed to restore normalcy in the valley through dialogue and engagement.

“We intend to talk to individuals and groups who want peace and normalcy in Kashmir Valley,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh before leaving.

Leaders, cutting across party lines, expressed hope of finding a solution for restoration of peace in the Valley where violent clashes claimed more than 70 lives since the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.

Mehbooba-Mufti-Rajnath-SinghSenior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the delegation was ready to hear “everyone”.

“Our visit will be beneficial for Kashmir and for the country. Everyone wants peace in the state. It will be an opportunity for the parties and Kashmiri people to interact,” said Azad.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, another member of the team, said the all-party delegation should have gone two months ago “but let’s hope that even now, we can make a difference”.

LJP Chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the MPs are going with an open mind and want to interact with anyone who wants to talk within the framework of the Indian Constitution. “We are ready to talk,” he said.