Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag is scheduled to visit Kashmir on Friday to review the security situation in the valley and along the Line of Control. The Army chief will be briefed about the security grid along the Line of Control and anti-militancy operations in the hinterland by senior army officers and local formation commanders, the sources said.
Army Chiefs visit comes two days after an all party delegation of Parliament members visited the state and tried to establish a dialogue with cross section of people.
Amidst the unrest, the Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar has been given an extension of three months. The centre on its part says it will use both firmness and compassion in dealing with the unrest.
Government said that it is closely monitoring the situation in the valley and is willing to walk an extra mile to help people in the valley.
“Government will do whatever is needed in the favour of J&K. Central govt. and state govt. is capable of dealing with the situation. As soon as possible normalcy will remain in the valley” said Minister Jitender Singh
Meanwhile on Thursday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on governor NN Vohra and discussed the internal security situation. The governor also had meetings with the DGP and the General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based Corps. Division seems to be appearing within the PDP over the failure to stem the unrest.
“BJP-PDP has to see whether they are genuinely following the agenda of alliance. BJP-PDP should follow the agenda and if they fail to do so then they should split. Kashmir is getting divided,” said PDP leader Muzaffar Baig.
Meanwhile, a civil society group has written to President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking a direct dialogue with all stakeholders, including separatists. In a five-page letter to the President they have demanded repealing laws like AFSPA and a ban on the use of pellet guns as confidence building measures for starting the talks. The opposition in the state is targeting the chief minister…
“Mehbooba has aggravated the situation, her remarks were ruthless but she is a very small player in this whole situation. Sending the all party delegation, symbolism is not going to work but content matters. You cant expect people to be positive. Separatist are stakeholder and they enjoy the social sanctity,” said Junaid Mattu, Leader, NC
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has said he is not against dialogue but won’t participate in any “meaningless exercise” which is not aimed at solving the Kashmir issue. On Wednesday, the all-party delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir had asked the Centre and the state governments to take steps to initiate a dialogue with all stake holders.
On the ground, security forces will shortly start using chilly-filled shells PAVA for crowd control to replace pellet guns that had caused injuries to a large number of people. 73 people have died and more than 10,000 injured in the clashes followed by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen miliant Burhan Wani on July 8.