ALL-PARTY DELEGATION TO VISIT KASHMIR
NEW DELHI: An all-party delegation will visit Kashmir in the first week of September in stepped up efforts by the government to end a wave of violence that claimed the life of another youth in the valley on Friday.
The decision to send the team cameadayafterUnionhomeminister Rajnath Singh ended a twoday visit to Kashmir, announcing the government’s willingness to speak to “anybody” and promising an alternative to pellet guns which have left hundreds of people with eye injuries.
“The exact date of the visit and composition of the delegation will be finalised after consultation with all political parties,” said a senior government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to sound her out about the all-party delegation’s visit, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti might push for release of separatist leaders to enable them to hold rallies, which will allow protestors to vent their anger democratically.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Shakeel Ahmad Ganai was killed when security forces fired on a group of protesters in Pulwama district.
The death toll since the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani rose to 69 even as the valley remained under for the 49th day.