Those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat are welcome: Rajnath

"Shall interact with civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders", Singh said in his tweets.

There seemed no end in sight to the unrest even as the Home Minister arrived here to meet a cross-section of Kashmiri people and seek ways on how to break the logjam.

He said the youth was a resident of Pohu village in Pulwama district where fresh clashes erupted between protestors and security forces on Wednesday morning. "In the attack, 17 police and CRPF personnel were injured". The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) is going to Kashmir (on Wednesday); it is a good thing.

Some of the activists who met the Home Minister told IANS that possible solutions to the present Kashmir situation were discussed at length in a "very open environment". We have to take forward Atalji's doctrine (of Insaniyat, Jamhooriat and Kashmiriyat).

Kashmir Valley has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani for the last 45 days.

The HM arrived here on Wednesday morning and chose to be driven through a tense Srinagar amid heightened security and strict curfew nearly all over the Kashmir Valley. He will hold meetings with officials of civil, state and central intelligence and security agencies.


The Congress welcomed Singh's visit and said the government should start the dialogue process immediately and decide who to hold the dialogue with.

The sources said Rajnath Singh advised maximum restraint while dealing with civilian protests, but sought stiff action against militants mingling with crowds - as happened in Pulwama.

The Union minister arrived at Srinagar airport at 11.30am in a special plane.

Expressing hope from Union Minister Rajnath Singh's visit in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah said "We will continue to press the government for issues both short term in of excessive use of force in terms of injury and loss of life on account on the pellet guns, but also the medium to long term which initiation of the sustained meaningful dialogue to find what in the word of Prime minister is a lasting solution".

Pakistan Peoples Party legislator Khurram Wattoo asked the chair to also request the federal government to sever trade ties with India.

The focus of Singh's visit, said home ministry officials, will be on quick employment generation through skill development schemes such as Udaan and Himayat and also through recruitment in paramilitary forces and India Reserve battalions.


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