Kashmir Talks: All-Party Meets Underway In Delhi


New Delhi: An all-party meet aiming to find a solution to the Kashmir unrest is still underway in Delhi.  According to sources, no conclusion has been reached on the Kashmir Valley unrest.

The meeting is expected to chalk out a future strategy to restore peace in the Valley. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is believed to have submitted a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday on their visit to the Valley and the prevailing crisis.

Ahead of all party meeting, Singh held a crucial meeting in New Delhi yesterday, which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP chief Amit Shah, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.

The government has already decided to take a tough stance against Hurriyat after they showed cold shoulder to the all party delegation. After the separatists’ snub, the Centre is expected to adopt a tough approach towards the separatists and might also take away several facilities accorded to them.

Talking to India Today, Hansraj Ahir, MoS Home said that there is no difference between the separatists and terrorists and the government is going to take tough action and withdraw all facilities provided to separatists.

During the meet, the Left members proposed few confidence building measures to tackle the crisis in Kashmir. The proposed measures include use of dual track dialogue, removal of AFSPA from civilian area, removal of pellet guns, employment generation and judicial enquiry into allegations of torture and treatment to the injured.

CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that no final action plan has been deicded on separatist yet. He added that the issue of governance in J&K was still being discussed.

Meanwhile, hardening their stand, the separatists extended their shutdown call till September 16. Top government sources said the Centre is considering revamping the package given to Kashmir to make sure it is used properly.

The government is also hoping that the apple and walnut season would compel the farmers and traders to force separatists to normalise the situation in the Valley. The apple season starts by mid September when farmers start sending their fruit to outside markets while the walnut season starts by end of this month.

Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh will visit Jammu and Kashmir today to review the security situation in the unrest-hit Valley. The chief will take stock of the security situation and also discuss the ways of controlling the mobs with the local formation commanders, army sources said here. Gen Singh is scheduled to arrive in the Valley later in the day to review the security situation in the hinterland of the Valley and along the Line of Control, defence sources said.

The Army chief will be briefed about the security grid along the Line of Control and anti-militancy operations in the hinterland by senior army officers and local formation commanders, the sources said.

Sources also are working to make sure  that Army shows strength in the hinterland to quell the protests there. Over 70 people have died and more than 10,000 injured in the clashes followed by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July.