Members of the all-party delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday have unanimously prepared a resolution on restoring normalcy in the violence-hit state, Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. The draft is expected to be released on behalf of the delegation soon, NDTV reported.
The 26-member delegation, which had representatives from 20 parties, drafted their resolution during a meeting with Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. A statement from the contingent clarified that the report was not the view of the Centre or the Home Affairs Ministry, but a compilation of a number of memoranda on the matter.
All members of the delegation believe that there is "no place for violence in a civilised society", Jitendra Singh said, adding that national sovereignty cannot be compromised. "Members appeal to the people of the state to shun the path of violence and resolve all issues through dialogue and discussion," the minister of state said, according to ANI.
In addition to requesting the government to extend medical help to both civilians and security personnel injured in the agitations, delegation members also called for measures to ensure that educational institutions, government offices and commercial establishments begin to function normally at the earliest, he said.
At the meeting, lawmakers also discussed the limitations of reviewing the enforcement of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in the Valley. MPs of Opposition parties urged the government to also hold dialogues with all those affected by the prevailing situation in the state.
There have been widespread protests and agitations in Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. The Rajnath Singh-led delegation met in Srinagar on Sunday, September 4, to discuss ways to bring back peace in the Valley. Separatists, however, refused to take part in talks with the representatives. The Mehbooba Mufti government in the state also supposedly did not bring up the violence in Kashmir at the meeting.