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Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s famous quote on Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday welcomed a discussion from all stakeholders on the ongoing violence in the Valley.
“I will be staying at the Nehru Guest House (in Srinagar). Those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat are welcome,” the minister tweeted.
Rajnath Singh who is on a two-day visit to Srinagar said he will discuss the Kashmir issue with all stakeholders. According to reports, Rajnath is to be accompanied by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officials.
“Leaving New Delhi for Srinagar on a two day visit. Shall interact with civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders,” the minister tweeted.
On Monday, Rajnath Singh held a meeting with senior security officials in which he was briefed on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley and steps taken to restore peace. The Home Minister’s visit comes at a time when curfew is being lifted from parts of Srinagar. The restrictions on the movement of people in many areas of the Valley were also lifted following improvement in the situation.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah had led a delegation of Opposition members from the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the government to stop the use of pellet guns. Abdullah had also submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Muherjee last week.
(With inputs from agencies)