Srinagar, August 25: Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who is on a two day visit to Jammu and Kashmir met the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, today to discuss the prevailing security situation in the state.
Singh’s visit, second in a 45-day period, is primarily centered around violent protests and clashes with security forces in the valley which have killed as many as 66 people so far since July 8.
The Home Minister earlier today had met members of civil society taking stock of the situation in the state. The civil society members apprised the minister of the difficulties faced by the common citizens because of protests and curfew.
Singh’s visit is largely being seen as a move towards restoration of normalcy in the valley which has been on the boil eversince trouble started.
“I shall interact will civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders,” he had said, before leaving for Srinagar, adding, “those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat (Kashmir’s pluralist ethos, humanity and democracy) are welcome.”