Kashmir Unrest: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to visit Srinagar on September 4 after the curfew which has been going on in Kashmir for 51 days was lifted. The visit is in the wake of the recent violence in the Valley where 71 people have died in clashes between protesters and security forces after the killing of a militant commander Burhan Wani, on July 8. Reportedly, at a high-level meeting on Sunday, it was decided that the curfew will be lifted. An all-party meeting consisting of senior leaders was scheduled to visit Kashmir in the first week of September.
There will be a meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the Home minister-led delegation. This comes after the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government reached an understanding that such talks to reach an agreement will not be discouraged. With and aim to restore normalcy, the talks with separatists are expected to bring a change. J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti had met PM Narendra Modi earlier on Saturday and suggested a “three-pronged action plan” which included talks with separatists and also Pakistan.
Separatists have still continued with their protest shutdown even as the curfew had been lifted. They had issued a statement last week, where they asked citizens to continue the shutdown till September 1. At least 71 people have been killed and more than 11,000 injured during this period. In the year 2010, the valley faced similar violent protests and unrest; then also a meeting between an all-party team and separatists had helped in calming down the situation.
(with agency inputs)