Rajnath to continue talks with pol leaders in Valley

RSTV Bureau
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh  has reached Kashmir on a two day visit to hold talks with various stakeholders to restore peace in the valley.  Photo-PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reached Kashmir on a two day visit to hold talks with various stakeholders to restore peace in the valley.
Photo-PTI

On the day two of his visit in Kashmir Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to continue talks with political parties in the state as a continuation of the government’s outreach programme.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh who arrived in Kashmir on Wednesday, held talks with political leaders. During the talks. Rajnath was told that the Centre should initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress hailed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley, and hoped that it was the beginning to a logical, honest and genuine effort to restore peace in the Valley.

“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,” Congress leader Salman Khurshid told the media.

On Wednesday, a delegation of Congress and National conference met the Home Minister and made suggestions on how to improve the situation on the ground. The delegation requested the Home Minister to stop the use pellet guns by the security forces.

“They also demanded that Centre initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to find a lasting solution to the problems faced by the state,” sources said.

The NC hoped that the visit will lead to a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders.

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.

Amid tight security, Singh, drove through the tense city roads dotted with para-military forces who ensured he did not have to face any protesters.

The Home Minister was conveyed that there has been improvement in situation on the ground, there is no scarcity of essential commodities and health services are functioning.

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.

The visit of Singh, who before leaving for Srinagar, said he will hold talks with all stakeholders and that those who believe in ‘Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat’ are welcome, came on a day when fresh clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Pulwama district in which one youth was killed. 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.