All Party Delegation to visit Kashmir
With an all-party delegation headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh set to visit Kashmir Valley on September 4, lifting of curfew and security restrictions on Monday eased life for locals for the first time in 51 days.
Mr. Singh will head an all-party delegation to J&K for a dialogue with stakeholders to restore normality in the Valley, where the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 sparked a cycle of violence that has left 70 dead and 10,000 injured.
Call by Separatists
Private vehicles plied in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, where many government offices and banks resumed functioning. However, shops, petrol pumps, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed in response to the separatists’ shutdown call till September 1.
View of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti
“Threads need to be picked up from where they were left by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2005, when a serious effort was made, both on the external and internal fronts, to resolve the Kashmir issue through a credible and meaningful dialogue and confidence-building process,” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in Jammu.
She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the mandate “to take bold decisions on the lines of Vajpayeeji”.
“A credible mechanism for dialogue, reconciliation and resolution needs to be put in place. It should not be half-hearted efforts made in similar situations after the 2008 and 2010 unrests,” she added.