The all party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar this morning for a two-day visit. The delegation comprises 23 members from 28 political parties. The delegation reached valley amid fresh violence and the next 24 hours are going to be absolute crucial for the state.
- Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have refused to meet the members of the delegation.
- Governor NN Vohra will host a dinner for the delegation in the evening at Raj Bhavan.
- The Srinagar Bar Association has also refused to meet the delegation.
- Meanwhile former Chief Minister has slammed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for failing to engage separatists.
Two members of the all-party delegation — Sitaram Yechuryand Asaduddin Owaisi — on Sunday held a meeting with moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at the tourist resort here where he is being kept under detention.
Yechury of the CPI-M, and Owaisi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, are meeting the Mirwaiz at the tourist hut in Chesma Shahi which has been converted to a Sub Jail, sources said.
Separatist leader Shabir Shah, who was under house arrest, has also been brought to the sub jail where the two parliamentarians are calling on the Mirwaiz.
Srinagar: Sharad Yadav, D Raja and Sitaram Yechury of the all party delegation arrive at SAS Geelani’s residence. pic.twitter.com/duKaj20Z9T
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Yechury, Owaisi and D. Raja are also likely to call on hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani at his uptown Haiderpora residence in Srinagar in the evening, the sources told IANS.
The all-party delegation headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar on Sunday on a two-day visit to the KashmirValley in the wake of the unrest that has led to over 70 deaths in clashes since July 9.