Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is going on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir today, June 7, 2018 in order to review the decision to stop counter-insurgency operations with militants ahead of the annual Amarnath yatra. The Minister will be visiting some selected areas of Srinagar, Kupwara and Jammu.

According to reports, the Home Minister will be meeting Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior officials of various state and Central departments to discuss if the suspension against the military operations would continue even after the Eid festival. The discussions are said to take place at the official residence of Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti.

During the visit, Singh will also be reviewing the security arrangements of the annual Amarnath yatra which is set to begin on June 28. During Ramadan, the Ceasefire have As per reports, the state government wants the Ramadan ceasefire to be continued even beyond the festival of Eid. 

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Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that before the visit, Rajnath deliberated with the top officials of the Intelligence Department, including Special Representative Deeswar Sharma, appointed for the talks. Sharma has said that attempts to include the common men in the mainstream during the military action against the terrorists in the valley have not been completely successful. 

This is the reason that the Ministry of Home Affairs has prepared a new plan for the youth, which is for creating employment opportunities to attract youth towards contribution to the prosperity of the state and not towards terrorism. The central government is trying to review its Kashmir policy to maintain peace in the valley.

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There will also be discussions on the border situation with Pakistan on the second day of the Home Ministers’s visit as incidents of ceasefire violations in recent times have spurred despite DGMOs accord to totally maintain 2003 ceasefire agreement . Due to groundless cross-border firing by Pakistani militants, people living on the border areas have lost their lives in the recent days. 

 

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