ALL-PARTY DEL­E­GA­TION TO VISIT KASH­MIR

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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