Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

People of Kashmir are ready to welcome tourists: HM Rajnath Singh

People of Kashmir are ready to welcome tourists: HM Rajnath Singh

This is the Union Home Minister's fifth visit to the State since July previous year.

Rajnath Singh held later a rally in Naushera in Jammu region where he said India wanted peace with Pakistan, but will respond to its ceasefire violations sternly. Addresing a press conference in Srinagar today, Rajnath said, he is willing to meet anyone who wants to help resolve problems of Kashmir.

Addressing a presser at Hari Niwas, HM said, "Terrorism has adversely affected the tourism sector. I always come here with an open mind". He said the Centre will launch a special promotional drive to promote tourism in Kashmir.

He blamed militants for "destroying" generations of Kashmir and reaffirmed that the government will not allow another generation to be destroyed.

Rajnath Singh also talked about martyred soldier Abdul Rashid, and said he was very upset to see the crying and teary eyed face of the martyr's daughter.

He added a new mantra of 5 Cs to reach out to the Kashmiri people.

Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, J-K Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, J-K Chief Secretary B B Vyas and J-K DG Police S P Vaid also attended the programme.

"I have not counted how many times I have come here. Whatever efforts need to be made for bringing peace and prosperity I will do", he said. If you have any complaints or qualms, I am ready to have talks with an open heart.

A police spokesman said he was earlier affiliated with JeM but was now associated with Hizb and was its district commander.

"Youth below the age of 18 should not be treated like criminals, whatever investigation needs to be done it must be in accordance with juvenile act".

Singh said that he will keep visiting the border belts and interact with them to address their grievances.

The Home Minister, who arrived in Srinagar on Saturday, met with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The attack took place a kilometre away from the proposed venue of the meeting of the Home Minister with CRPF personnel tomorrow, the official said. At least, one civilian was injured.

Almost 20 delegations representing cross-section of the society also met with the group, which included former union ministers P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni, that arrived here on Sunday on a maiden two-day visit.

He questioned the seriousness of the planning group, saying, "it did not feel its concern about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the last five months".

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