Rajnath to begin two-day visit to J&K today

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday to review the security scenario in the state especially after the unilateral non-initiative of combat operations during the holy month of Ramzan.

‘During the two-day visit, Mr Singh would hold meetings with top officials from the Army, paramilitary and intelligence to assess the impact of unilateral non-initiative of combat operations on May 16 as well as the  security concerns over Amarnath Yatra,” a top source in the Ministry said here.

During his stay in the state capital, the Home Minister is also to visit border district of Kupwara to review the developmental works under the Border Area Development Work. He is likely to meet the families who are affected by the cross border shelling, Home Ministry officials said.

The proposed visit of the Home Minister will give a fillip to peace and dialogue process in the Valley after the ‘unilateral but conditional suspension of operations’ with militants in the state during the Ramzan month.

The Ministry is likely to extend ‘unilateral non-initiative of combat operations’ beyond Id-ul Fitr if situation improves in the Valley, an official added.

Mr Singh will also meet Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He will review security arrangements for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra which begins on June 28.

The Home Minister will also hold meetings with various delegations during the visit.


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