Indian home minister Rajnath Singh visits Kashmir valley to take stock of unrest?
Singh has invited all the stakeholders who believe in the principles of 'Kashmiriyat (ethos of Kashmiri culture), Insaniyat (humanity) and Jamhooriyat (democracy)'. Photograph: (Getty)
He invited all those believe in "Kashmiriyat (ethos of Kashmiri culture), Insaniyat (humanity) and Jamhooriyat (democracy)" as he takes stock of the situation in the Valley hit by violence after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen millitant commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Singh, who is accompanied by home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, will review the situation in Kashmir where as many as 65 persons have been killed and more than 8,000 have been injured in clashes between protestors and security forces that broke out in the wake of Wani's killing. He arrived at Srinagar airport at 11.30 AM in a special plane.
I will be staying at the Nehru Guest House. Those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat are welcome.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 24, 2016
Leaving New Delhi for Srinagar on a two day visit. Shall interact with civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 24, 2016
The home minister's visit to Kashmir comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with a delegation of opposition parties led by former state chief minister Omar Abdullah in the national capital on Monday.
Modi had expressed "deep concern and pain" over the situation there and had asked all political parties to work together to find a "permanent and lasting" solution to problems in Jammu and Kashmir.
(WION with inputs from agencies)