Home Minister Visiting Valley Today


SRINAGAR: With mass unrest, that has gripped Kashmir following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, showing no signs of any let up, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is arriving here on Saturday to review the prevailing situation.

Singh is scheduled to meet trade bodies, civil society and other stake holders, official sources said. It will be first high profile visit to Srinagar by any central leader since the unrest broke out on July 9.

KNS quoting a representative of a trade body reported that they have been invited to meet the minister. “But we are yet to decide about our meeting,” he said.

The visit of the home minster comes a day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti convened an All Party meeting here to evolve a consensus among all stake holders to restore peace in the state.

Key mainstream opposition party National Conference was not present at the meeting. However leaders of a plethora of smaller groups in the meeting suggested holding of dialogue with separatist leadership for resolving the long standing issue.

Singh had himself in the ongoing Parliament session informed about his visit to the state. 

“I had spoken to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who said she would come to Delhi in the next 2-3 days to hold discussions. I told her that I myself would like to go there, stay in a guest house and meet people there,” he had said.

On pellet guns that have left hundreds of youth blind, the home minister had said that a committee would be set up to review the use of the pellet gun use. (KNS)


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