Curfew lifted from Kashmir as Rajnath-led delegation arrives

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Srinagar, Sep 4, 2016: Ahead of the arrival of the 28-member all party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Authorities on Sunday lifted curfew and restrictions from the entire Kashmir Valley.

A senior police official said there would be no curfew or restrictions anywhere in the Valley.

“Sufficient deployment of security forces has been made to respond to any law and order problem that might occur during the day,” the official said.

Heavy security was also deployed on the road leading to Srinagar city from the international airport.

The all party delegation will meet various local leaders during their two-day visit.

However, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday invited Hurriyat leaders for talks with the all-party delegation but there has been no response to the request.

Different traders’ organisations have already said that they would not meet the delegation unless their visit begins with a meeting with the separatists.

Read More: J&K CM Mehbooba raises pitch for talks with Hurriyat

The delegation will took a stock on the ground situation and explore ways and means to end the ongoing unrest that has paralysed normal life in the Valley for the last 58 days.

So far, Seventy four people including 71 civilians and three local police personnel were killed in violence since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.

Read More: All-party delegation meets J&K CM Mehbooba

Wefornews Bureau

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