Kasmir Unrest: All Party Meet Ends, No Conclusion Yet


New Delhi: The crucial all-party delegation meeting to diffuse the unrest in Kashmir ended in the capital. The government said that it is open to talk to all the stakeholders. The government reiterated there will be no compromise on national sovereignty.

During the meet, the Left members proposed few confidence building measures to tackle the crisis in Kashmir. CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the 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.

PMO MoS, Jitendra Singh said that all the members of all-party delegation expressed serious concern over the current unrest. The meeting discussed that there would be no compromise on security in the Valley.

The members also stressed that schools and offices should function normally. Singh also appealed to the people to shun path of violence and said that they are open to speak to all the stakeholders.

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.

During the meeting, the government decided that it won’t stop any facilities provided to the separatists in the Valley.  While as talking to India Today earlier, Hansraj Ahir, MoS Home had 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.

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 review the Jammu and Kashmir security situation. 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.