For Talks With Anyone Willing, Rajnath Singh Heads To Kashmir: 10 Points

For Talks With Anyone Willing, Rajnath Singh Heads To Kashmir: 10 Points

For Talks With Anyone Willing, Rajnath Singh Heads To Kashmir: 10 Points

With militant violence showing an upward trend, the urgency to hold talks with all stakeholders, including separatists, emerged during Mr. Singh's meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The Home Minister later presented a memento the CRPF team which took part in operations in Pulwama recently.

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Last year, hardly any notable person from the civil society or Kashmir Inc. had met Rajnath when he visited the Valley during the agitation that had followed the death of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

During the four day visit to Jammu and Kashmir Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing CRPF personnel and Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday in Anantnag said that he has bullet proof vehicles at police stations in the state. Singh's Kashmir visit comes in the backdrop of PM Modi's Red Fort speech where he had said neither bullets nor abuse can solve the Kashmir problem. The former chief minister further said, "At the time when NC-Congress government was ruling in J&K and UPA ruling in the Centre, situation in all aspects was good". The former Prime Minister is scheduled to assess the security scenario and have interaction with cross section of people as leader of the Congress Panel on Kashmir.

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On Saturday itself, soon after the home minister's arrival in Srinagar, a J&K policeman, Imtiyaz Ahmed, was killed and his colleague Shakeel Ahmed critically injured in a militant attack at Anantnag's bus terminus. In another incident a local Hizbul Mujahideen "district commander" Shahid Sheikh was killed in an encounter in Reban village near Sopore in North Kashmir. One AK 47 rifle with two magazines and 23 rounds of live ammunition, one grenade and pouch were found on the slain militant, he said.

Indian security forces officials patrol a street in Srinagar during a strike call in Sept 2016. "Had they moved normally like passengers, we would have no problem in allowing them [to head for Delhi]", Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan said.

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