On the second day of his two day visit to violence hit Kashmir valley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to discuss security situation. Few members representing civil society also met with the home minister and represented their grievances.
Speaking about his interactions with various stakeholders, Rajnath Said that he met with more than twenty delegations in the state and discussed measures to restore peace in the valley.
“All the delegation’s met me at Nehru Guest House have expressed disappointment over the prevailing situation in Kashmir. All want peace to be restored in the valley,” said Singh.
Replying to a suggestion to stop using pellet guns during security operations in the valley, Singh said that he will take relevant steps.
“A committee has been formed by government, we will act according to their report,” Rajnath said adding that security forces are showing maximum restraint.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that government along with center is willing to work for the development of a bright future for Kashmir kids. She urged people to differentiate between those who want genuine development in the valley to those who are conspiring to scuttle the peace process.
Saying that 95% people of the state are not in favour of violence mufti said, that ‘they want peace and willing to reach out to them.’
Solution to Kashmir problem can be done only through dialogue and reconciliation. We must differentiate between those who want peace and those who does not want it,”said Mufti in a joint media briefing attended by Rajnath Singh on Thursday.
Governments Kashmir outreach programme lead by the Home Minister received applause from congress’s former Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.
Salman hoped that Rajnaths’s tour is the beginning to a logical, honest and genuine effort to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir
“You cannot hope to break the logjam without meeting people, without talking to people. Now, who they will talk to, how they will talk, how much time it will take, it is the responsibility of somebody in the office, and I hope that the Home Minister has made this beginning, and I hope that he takes this beginning to a logical conclusion,” said the Congress leader.
On Wednesday, a delegation of Congress and National conference have met with home minister and made suggestions to improve the situation in the state.
Home Minister along with Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi held meetings at the Nehru Guest House with different wings of administration including security, health and maintenance of essential commodities for the people.
Singh asked head of para-military forces, dealing with the law and order situation, to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with protesters and also appreciated their efforts in maintaining law and order in the Valley.
Meanwhile state government imposed curfew in Pulwama in view of clashes between locak youth and security forces. The death toll in the unrest in Kashmir Valley that broke out on July 8 has now climbed to 66.
The Home Minister’s visit is an effort by the central government to restore normalcy in the Valley, which has been reeling under curfew and restrictions since trouble started.
“I shall interact will civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders,” he said, before leaving for Srinagar, adding “those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat(Kashmir’s pluralist ethos, humanity and democracy) are welcome.”
This is Singh’s second visit to the state ever since the unrest in Kashmir Valley broke out 47 days ago when Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed on July 8.