Rajnath, Home Secy set talks process on J&K into motion


JAMMU, The Centre today formally set the process of taking initiative to restore peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi meeting top bureaucrats and Security Experts, both serving and retired, to elicit their opinion on evolving consensus to deal with the situation that has been deteriorating and was “not fully under control’’.
The process will continue for a day or so after which the Union Home Ministry was expected to come up with its view point on Jammu and Kashmir that will be placed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approval.
“A decision would be taken after discussing the blueprint with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as the BJP wants to take its ally, PDP on board before announcing certain steps to restore peace and normalcy in the Kashmir valley, which has been shattered for the past quite some time now,” official sources told the Excelsior.
They said several serving and retired bureaucrats, Army, para-military and Intelligence officials, who had either served in Jammu and Kashmir or other troubled zones, today had meetings with the Union Home Minister and Home Secretary separately and shared their views on the Kashmir situation.
In the meantime, the Home Minister has also called a high level meeting on Jammu and Kashmir situation next week, sources said, adding that top officials of Home Ministry, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Intelligence agencies among others will be present in the meeting.
Pointing out that since some of the officers, both serving and retired, can’t be called to the Home Ministry’s official meeting, sources said that exercise has been undertaken to meet them individually and ascertain their opinion before the Central Government comes out with a firm policy on Kashmir.
It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on April 23 in New Delhi to discuss situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir and seek certain measures to defuse the unrest that has been going on since July 8 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen divisional commander Burhan Wani.
Excelsior had exclusively by reported that the Home Ministry has decided to involve Security Experts especially the officers of Army, para-military forces and Intelligence agencies, who have served in Jammu and Kashmir to elicit their opinion on tackling unrest in the Kashmir valley before evolving a policy decision.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already undertaken an extensive exercise with his senior Minister and BJP leaders at the party’s Core Group meeting the other day in which he sought their opinion and the steps the Centre could take to contain unrest in the Valley.