After Kashmir visit, all-party brainstorms on way forward

SansadTV Bureau

Jammu-and-Kashmir-protest-1The all-party delegation which returned from Jammu and Kashmir after taking the stock of fragile situation is meeting in Parliament to brainstorm over the way forward. The 26-MP delegation representing 20 political parties across the country, led by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, visited the valley for two days on September 4-5.

There are reports that hardening stance on the Separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre may scale down their security. The proposal may be taken up during the all-party deliberation.

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Kashmir. It is learnt that Rajnath told PM Modi that some positives have been achieved.

“Briefed the Prime Minister on all-party delegation’s visit to J&K and also apprised him of the situation in the state,” Singh said in a tweet after an hour-long meeting at the Prime Minsters residence.

During the visit, which concluded without any breakthrough, the Union Home minister had sternly criticised the Separatists leaders for snubbing the members of all-party delegation, who had approached them for talks. Four MPs had reached out to the Separatist leaders to hold talks aimed at bringing normalcy and peace in strife-torn valley.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N. N. Vohra in a meeting in Srinagar on Sunday. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley is also seen.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N. N. Vohra in a meeting in Srinagar on Sunday. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley is also seen.

“The behaviour of Hurriyat leaders with delegation members was neither Kashmiriyat nor insaniyat… and not even jamooriyat,” said Rajnath Singh addressing a press conference on the second day of the delegation’s visit.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan had gone to meet hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence where he is under house arrest for the last 60 days. They were received with slogans outside the residence whose gate was not opened for them.

Speaking on the outcome of the all-party visit, he disagreed with the view that the mission was a failure and said the delegation had “very good interactions” with individuals and groups.

“There should be no doubt that Jammu and Kashmir was, is and will always be integral part of India,” he had said at a press conference in Srinagar, adding, “As far as talks are concerned, our doors are open to everyone who wants peace and normalcy”.

Apart from Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior state officials, the all-party delegation met nearly 300 stakeholders, which includes political parties in the state, several intellectuals, members of student community, academics, fruit growers among others.

More than 70 persons, including two security personnel, have been killed in the valley due to spike in clashes following the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.