Rajnath Singh in J&K:Ceasefire,anti-terror operations on agenda

Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, June 7 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar for a two-day visit  to review the prevailing situation in the state, particularly in border areas and the suspension of anti-terror operations.

Jitendra Singh, MoS (PMO), and a team of senior Home Ministry officials will accompany Singh during the visit.The home minister might also attend an Iftar to be hosted by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, an official said.

Two soldiers were injured on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district in a gunfight with militants trying to sneak into the state from Pakistan.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told IANS said that the incident took place near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran Sector.

“Two soldiers suffered non-fatal injuries. Our troops retaliated. The operation against the terrorists is in progress,” the spokesman said.

During his visit, he would also review the restive Valley, which witnessed several incidents of violence in the recent past and decide on whether the centre will extend the time period of Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir .

The Home Minister will hold a meeting with the state Governor N.N.Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior officials of various state and Central departments to review law and order situation.

Security for the Amarnath Yatra, beginning on June 28, will be reviewed by the Home Minister during his stay in the state.

On the second day of his visit, the Singh will review the security along the international border in Jammu and also deliberate on the situation that has been arising because of the migration of border residents each time Pakistan violates the bilateral ceasefire on the border.

Another important agenda on the Home Minister’s priority list would be to deliberate upon the response of the separatist leaders to the offer of talks.

The separatist leaders, however, had made it clear that it was ready for a dialogue only if there was clarity on the initiative, Jammu and Kashmir was declared “disputed”, and a few other conditions were met. The separatist leaders have been demanding clarity in the talks offer so that their engagement in the dialogue would yield results.

A muzaffarabad-based conglomerate of armed groups, the United Jehad Council (UJC), has applied breaks on any imminent possibility of the Kashmiri separatist leaders to engage with the Indian government.

A statement issued by the UJC few weeks earlier said that talks would only be held with the Indian government once India accepts Kashmir as a dispute.

In addition to his all-important security and political agenda, the Home Minister will also review the implementation of various Centrally sponsored developmental programmes.

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