Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir on September 4 and is scheduled to engage in dialogue with a range of citizens, representatives and organisations in a bid to address the unrest in the region, officials told PTI on Monday. Daily life in the Valley has been affected since protests erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
The details of the all-party delegation were finalised at a meeting between the home minister, BJP President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh. The Centre has asked political parties to send names of their representatives to be included in the delegation.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday lifted the ongoing curfew from parts of the Valley "following an improvement in the situation", 52 days after it was imposed in the state. The restrictions, however, continue to be in force in locations under the jurisdictions of the Nowhatta and Maharajganj police stations, which are located in Srinagar, and in Pulwama town, a police spokesperson told Hindustan Times.
While speaking about the Kashmir situation during his 'Mann Ki Baat’ programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for unity and affection in the region. Modi met with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday, to discuss the situation in the troubled state.