Srinagar, August 24: Ahead of the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu and Kashmir today, the second in this 45-day period of unrest, civil society in Kashmir valley has already pinned hopes on Singh breaking the deadlock in the valley and setting normalcy into motion.
The visit assumes significance as the visit has been scheduled right after the opposition in J&K met the President and then the Prime Ministerand consequently has raised expectations of a significant break through at least this time.
In his previous visit to the state Union Home Minister had to satisfy himself by meeting lesser known delegations and other people following tensions in the valley. Several prominent civil society groups and trader bodies had decided to boycott the visit of the Union Home Minister.
This time we are looking forward to meet Union Home Minister to present our side of the story and seek early resolution of the issue to ensure peace returns to kashmir valley, a senior member of the prominent civil society group claimed.
Since separatists have already rejected the offer of holding parleys within the ambit of the constitution it remains to be seen whether any significant effort is made to initiate back channel talks with some of the moderate voices to explore the possibility of carrying forward the dialogue process. Mainstream politicians and other groups are expected to call on Union Home Minister during his two day long stay in the valley.