Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Kashmir after the two-day visit of an all-party delegation to the valley. Even though an all-party delegation seeking to end turbulence in Kashmir concluded with no breakthrough, Rajnath Singh said 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.
Prime Minister, who was away on a visit to Vietnam and China to attend G20 summit in Hangzhou, returned New Delhi last night.
According to reports, the members of the all party delegation are also likely to meet in the capital to discuss their findings during the two-day visit and chalk out future plans for Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier on Monday, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh sternly criticised the Separatists leaders for snubbing the members of all-party delegation, who had approached them on Sunday for talks. Four members of the 26-MP delegation had reached out to the Separatist leaders to hold talks aimed at bringing normalcy and peace in strife-torn valley.
“Shunning delegation members who have come for talks shows Hurriyat members do not believe in democracy,” said Rajnath Singh addressing a press conference on the second day of the delegation’s visit.
The delegation is on a two-day visit to the valley, which is under curfew for nearly two months now. More than 70 persons, including two security personnel, have been killed due to spike in clashes following the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
“The behaviour of Hurriyat leaders with delegation members was neither Kashmiriyat nor insaniyat… and not even jamooriyat,” the Union Home minister added.
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.
The 26-MP delegation representing 20 political parties across the country, led by Rajnath Singh has also visited Jammu Monday afternoon before returning back.
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”.
When asked whether the Centre is willing to go the extra mile on the demands of autonomy raised by PDP and National Conference from time to time, he replied that the government is not looking at the past but at future.
“We are not concerned with whatever one had said in the past. We have taken everyone’s view and cooperation to improve the situation in Kashmir in the delegation-level talks,” Union Home Minister said.
On another contentious subject of the use of pellet guns by the security forces, which has attracted lot of criticism, including those of Parliamentarians, he announced that non-lethal PAVA shells have been recommended as a replacement.
(With inputs from the Agencies)