#Day47: Start Dialogue, Announce Spl Package for Injured, Pol Delegations Tell HM

Kashmir News Service


Union Home Minister chairing a security review meet in Srinagar on August 24, 2016.
Union Home Minister chairing a security review meet in Srinagar on August 24, 2016.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived Srinagar on a two-day visit to Kashmir state on early Wednesday and reviewed the security situation with top civil, army and police officials at a high level review meeting.

After reviewing the security the Home Minister met several political delegations of top unionist political parties including PDP, BJP, National Conference, Congress, CPI (m), Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and Democratic Party Nationalist.

The PDP delegation that met the Home Minister included Sartaj Madni Anjum Fazili, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Javed Mustafa Mir, Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Ab Majeed Padder and Abid Ansari and the delegation of National Conference headed by Omar Abdullah among others was represented by Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Mir Saifullah and Mubarak Gul also met Home Minister separately.

Another delegation that met Home Minister was led by BJP State President Sat Sharma and among others included Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, Surinder Ambardar, Ramesh Arora and Fayaz Ahmad Bhat.

A delegation of the state unit of Indian National Congress that met Home Minister was led by J&K Congress Chief G A Mir and also included Haji Ab Rashid Dar, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, G N Monga, Ravinder Sharma, Krishen Amla, Khem Lal Wakhloo and Gh Nabi Mir Lasjan.

Among other who met the Home Minister separately include CPI (m) Secretary M Y Tarigami, President Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and President Democratic Party (Nationalist) Gh Hassan Mir.

Singh had invited all those “who believe” in ‘Kashmiriyat, Insaaniyat and Jamhooriyat’. He extended this invitation through a message posted on Twitter before he flew to Srinagar.

Almost all the political delegations that met Home Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed to him their serious concerns over the disproportionate use of force in “crowd control” policing, contradictory statements of the Delhi leadership over the initiation of a political dialogue in Kashmir and the occupation of schools by forces in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley.

The political delegations also conveyed their deep concerns over the insufficient facilities available to injured youth in the hospital and sought a special package for those injured by the pellets and bullets during the current mass civil uprising in Kashmir.

The delegations called upon the Home Minister to announce a special package for injured youth, direct the forces to stop pellet guns and vacate the forces from school buildings.

As many as 69 civilians have been killed and several thousand injured ever since the mass protests were triggered on July 08, 2016 when popular Hizb commander Burhan Wani was killed.

Among them is a youth who was killed in fresh clashes in Pulwama on Wednesday.

Singh said he would be staying at Srinagar’s Nehru guest house where he will interact with cross section of people on Kashmir issue.

“I shall interact will civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders,” he wrote on Twitter.

He will also hold meetings with Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

This is the second visit of the Union Home Minister to the Kashmir in last one month.

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