Rajnath Singh heads to Kashmir again on peace mission
In a bid to bring life in Kashmir to normalcy, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Kashmir on Wednesday as the state faces unending situation of protest and violence that has left around 70 dead and over 10,000 injured.
The developments came soon after leaders of Jammu and Kashmir opposition met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in New Delhi, where the PM announced that “there has to be a dialogue” for a “permanent and lasting solution” to the problem within the framework of the Constitution of India.
Singh, accompanied by Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, will meet civil society members and the thrust of the visit will be on employment generation for Kashmiri youth, according to Hintustan Times.
“No one has contacted us officially or even through back channels,” moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told the newspaper.
“The All-Parties Hurriyat Conference of Kashmir, which I chair, believes that a war is being waged against us by the ‘democratic’ Indian state, in total violation of all democratic norms. The security machinery of India has embarked upon the strategy of ruthlessly crushing us and our resistance to its unprecedented brutality,” he said.
In the past few weeks, the government engaged a group of civil society members, mostly prominent non-Kashmiri Muslim personalities, to help bring peace in Kashmir and a delegation is likely to visit the valley soon.
Rajnath Singh has held two meetings in Delhi in the past one week with civil society members, including former Rajya Sabha member Shahid Siddiqui, former Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor M.M. Ansari, defence analyst Qamar Agha, Milli Gazette editor Zafarul Islam Khan and social activist M.J. Khan.