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Kashmir unrest: Home minister, top BJP leaders review situation

28 August, 2016 6:17 PM
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Kashmir unrest: Home minister, top BJP leaders review situation

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and top leaders from the BJP party reviewed the situation in the Valley.

Even as unrest continued in the Kashmir Valley for the 51st consecutive day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday reviewed the situation in the state with top BJP and government functionaries. This is seen as an effort by centre to take the issue head on.

The home minister went into a huddle with BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh discussed with them the prevailing situation in the Kashmir.

The meeting which went on for more than an hour had discussions on the impending visit of the all-party delegation to Kashmir and possible dates, sources indicated.

Sources said that the all-party delegation is likely to visit the state in the first week of September. Though there is still no clarity as to whether separatists (Hurriyat) would be called in for talks.

When asked about what transpired at the meeting, Jitendra Singh refused to divulge details. However, post the meeting he told India Today that Rajnath Singh is a senior leader and that they have come for 'Margdarshan' (guidance).

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the Kashmir situation in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio and after that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met him.

The Prime Minister in 23rd edition of his 'Mann Ki Baat' address that any life lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any security personnel, is country's own loss.

"Ekta (unity) and Mamata(affection)was the crux of all interactions I had recently on Kashmir situation," he said.

Modi said those pushing the youth towards stone pelting in Kashmir will someday have to answer them. He also said that all political parties spoke in one voice on Kashmir, sending out a strong message to the world as well as separatists.

Unrest has continued in the Kashmir Valley for the 51st consecutive day on Sunday, ever since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

Pakistan has been upping the ante sending 22 of its Member of parliament to different nations to highlight alleged atrocities by Indian security forces. India has blamed Pakistan for fomenting trouble in valley.


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