Rajnath to review security situation during J&K visit


NEW DELHI: Amid the Ramzan truce in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the valley this week to review the ground situation. It would be the home minister’s first visit after the centre’s May 16 decision to call a ceasefire during Ramzan.

NEW DELHI: India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman discussing overall law & order and security situation especially in Jammu & Kashmir at a meeting in New Delhi.

Singh is likely to highlight that by announcing the truce, the centre showed its willingness to bring permanent peace in Jammu and Kashmir.The home minister has, however, pointed that the centre’s decision not to proactively carry out operations during Ramzan was different from a unilateral ceasefire. The minister has said it had been clearly stipulated that the security forces would resume operation if any terror activity takes place. “We haven’t tied hands of our security forces,” he said.
Singh would also focus on the fact that his government has taken an initiative and would like to engage Hurriyat leaders. “The DGMO of both India and Pakistan have agreed to honour the ceasefire. So if the borders are quiet, then the next step would be to engage with all stakeholders in the valley. The home minister would highlight this aspect too,” a senior officer told news reporters.
Rajnath Singh has already announced that the centre is willing to talk to Hurriyat leaders. “If they are ready to talk, it would be a positive step,” another official said. Singh would put the onus on the Hurriyat leaders to come to the talking table. So far, the leaders have not given a clear indication if they would like to engage with the centre.