Rajnath in Srinagar, meets Mehbooba; Yasin Malik arrested

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Srinagar, Sep 9, 2017: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who arrives here on Saturday on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, has said he was going to J&K with an open mind and was willing to meet with anyone who could help in finding solutions to the Kashmir issue.

The Union Home Minister began his visit by meeting state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar.

He is expected to travel to Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits, business leaders and others during the visit.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officers of the Ministry were also part of the visit. The Minister will spend two days in the valley and two in the Jammu region.

Rajnath Singh will first meet the Chief Minister to discuss the latest law and order situation in the state.

The Home Minister will also address the state police personnel at the district police lines in Anantnag and troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force in Khanabal.

According to informed sources, the Minister will review the progress of implementation of the Prime Minister’s development package for the state.

Meanwhile, JKLF chief Yasin Malik was arrested while other senior separatist leaders were placed under house arrest ahead of their proposed protest at the NIA headquarters in Delhi, even as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Saturday to hold talks on the Kashmir issue.

Read More: Yasin Malik arrested ahead of NIA protest

Delegations of people from across social, political and religious sections would call on the Home Minister in Srinagar and Jammu, they said.

Singh has said his visit to the state was “with an open mind” and he “is ready to speak to everyone”.

The Governor will host a dinner for Rajnath Singh at the Raj Bhawan here.

Singh will address the media here on Monday before leaving for Jammu.

In Jammu, he will interact with border residents in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

Due to indiscriminate shelling and firing by Pakistan, the residents of border villages are often forced to migrate to safer places leaving their livestock, belongings and crops unattended.

The Home Minister will also address the Border Security Force troopers during his Jammu visit.

Wefornews Bureau

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