Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived in Srinagar along with the all-party delegation for a two-day visit to the state where it is expected to meet a cross-section of people and various representatives. The all-party delegation of 30 members from 20 parties aims to find a solution to the Kashmir’s current cycle of violence that was triggered by the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8. Close to 74 people have lost their lives and thousands have been injured in the protests that followed the encounter.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they were hopeful of having a fruitful meeting with the representatives of various political parties in Kashmir and find a solution to the current crisis. Azad, however said, that it was the government’s work to identify various stakeholders in the current situation and keep the doors open for all talks. He also reiterated his party’s stand, denouncing the usage of pellet guns in Kashmir. Adding that it wont be possible to take any decision immediately, he said, “Of course we won’t be able to take decisions on the spot but it will be an opportunity for parties and Kashmiri people to interact.”
TMC leader Saugata Roy also hoped that normalcy be restored in the Valley as soon as possible. Speaking to news agency ANI, Roy said, “I don’t think all parties have different views on Jammu and Kashmir. In the all-party meeting, most of the people expressed their opinion of peace returning to Kashmir. They spoke in support of speaking to anybody. They spoke in support of confidence building measures, including the restrictions on pellet guns and review of AFSPA.”
Sitaram Yechury and CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja have said the government should announce confidence building measures including cessation of the use of pellet guns, withdrawal of AFSPA and Army from civilian areas, judicial inquiry into excesses committed by armed forces and announcement of compensation for families of victims. “The three regions of the state, Jammu, the Valley and Ladakh, should have autonomous structures within the state of J&K,” they said in a statement.