Rajnath to lead all-party delegation to Valley

RSTV Bureau
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar on August 25, 2016. Mehbooba Mufti abruptly ended the Press Conference.

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar on August 25, 2016. Mehbooba Mufti abruptly ended the Press Conference.

An all-party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Jammu and Kashmir on September 4 and is expected to interact with a cross section of people as part of efforts to bring peace in the valley which has been witnessing unrest. The demand for an all-party visit to the valley was raised by the opposition parties during the debate in Rajya Sabha on Kashmir unrest.

The delegation will visit Jammu and Kashmir on September 4 and the Home Minister will lead it, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The delegation is expected to meet a cross section of people, individuals and organisations in its efforts to bring peace in Kashmir Valley which has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

The Union Home Minister on Sunday had a hour-long meeting with BJP President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and MoS for PMO Jitendra Singh and discussed with them the modalities of the all-party delegation.

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on security forces during a clash in Srinagar, August 9, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on security forces during a clash in Srinagar, August 9, 2016.
Photo – PTI

According to the sources, the meeting also took up the possible individuals and groups with whom the delegation may interact during its tour of the troubled state. The Centre has already sounded out different political parties to convey the names of their functionaries who will be part of the team.

The fragile situation in the valley had rung bells in New Delhi as well. Last few weeks saw hectic parleys between the leaders and the officials to chalk out a plan for diffusing the tension in Kashmir, which was under curfew till this morning.

68 persons, including two policemen, have been killed and more than thousands injured in the clashes between the security forces and the local protesters in the last 52 days post the encounter killing of Hizbul commander and militancy poster-boy Burhan Wani.

Jammu and Kahsmir CM Mehbooba Mufti met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week where the two discussed several measures. Earlier she held two rounds of meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh as well.