Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rajnath Singh rushed to JK only after Congress announced its visit: Azad

Rajnath Singh rushed to JK only after Congress announced its visit: Azad

The Manmohan Singh-led Congress Policy Planning Group, including former Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni, will be meeting senior party leaders, MLAs and MLCs, soon after arriving here on Sunday, according to Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief spokesperson, Ravinder Sharma.

The home minister also had meeting with leaders and representatives of various political, social and trade organisations to know their views on the issues confronting the state.

The Home Minister said he is keen to work for a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.

Sources further said that during his visit to the state, where he will be accompanied by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Singh will meet Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Singh's Kashmir visit comes in the backdrop of PM Modi's Red Fort speech where he had said neither bullets nor abuse can solve the Kashmir problem. The Home Minister had last time visited the Valley in August 2016 while leading a parliamentary delegation but there was no breakthrough.

The Kashmir watchers are expecting extension of olive branch to the separatists.

Terrorist fired indiscriminately on the police personnel near the general bus stand Anantnag, the official said.

He said also that he was upset to see daughter of deceased J-K police personnel, Zohra, crying.

He called for identifying and deporting all fake state subject holders and said they were usurping the rights of Dogras. The incident happened just hours after a district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Shahid Ahmad Sheikh was killed in an encounter in Sopore.

Indian security forces officials patrol a street in Srinagar during a strike call in Sept 2016.

Security forces killed one militant and arrested another terrorist on Saturday night following an attack on an army vehicle in Barbugh village of Shopian district.

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