Thu, Feb 23, 2017 | updated 03:45 PM IST

All-party delegations asks Kashmiris to shun violence, Centre to adopt confidence building measures

Updated: Sep 07, 2016 17:27 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 7 (ANI): The all-party delegation, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday urged the Centre to take steps to ensure that education institutions, government offices and commercial establishments in the strife-torn the Kashmir Valley starts functioning normally.

Expressing serious concerns over the prevailing situation in the Valley, the delegation members opined that there should be no place for violence in the civilised society and asked the people of Kashmir valley to shun the path of violence.

"The delegation has appealed to the people of the state to shun the path of violence and resolve all issues through dialogue or discussion. The members have also asked the state government to take steps to ensure that educational institutions, government offices and commercial establishments start functioning normally. The government should take effective steps to ensure the security of citizens and provide medical treatment to the citizens and security personnel injured in the agitation," said Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh.

Singh further stated that the Home Minister is open to discussions with all stakeholders, who have anything to offer or give inputs to restore normalcy in the Valley.

Congress member and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said that the Centre should formulate short term and long term policies to immediately restore normalcy in the Valley.

"We also asked the government to include those groups who have significant political presence in the state because without holding discussions or without their suggestions, we cannot move forward," Kharge said.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked the government to adopt dual-track policy for a permanent solution to the unrest.

He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start Indo-Pak dialogue during the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, which is going to take place in Islamabad in November.

"The Central Government should approach dual-track policy; one track should be focused on instilling confidence in the people and implement confidence building measure to weed out separatism. They should give assurances on five issues. One, there should be ban on pellet guns, it seems that an alternative to that, PAVA, shells have arrived and every day a batch is being sent in the state to withdraw from pellet guns. Two, they should provide proper rehabilitation, compensation to the victims of pellet guns. Three, if there is any allegation of excess use of force being implemented, they should investigate. Four, we asked the government to remove AFSPA from civilian areas and also give assurances in the regard. And, despite announcing employment schemes there has been no implementation at all, so announce some avenues to provide employment for Kashmiri youth," said Yechury.

"If the Prime Minister is going to SAARC summit, he should restart Indo-Pak dialogues," he added.

Ahead of the meeting, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag met the Home minister. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was also present during the meeting.

The development comes as Rajnath Singh yesterday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in Kashmir after concluding his two-day visit to the state.

The Army Chief will visit Jammu and Kashmir later in the day to review the security situation in the valley. (ANI)

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Unleashing a tirade of accusations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in his bastion Amethi said the latter knows that he is going to lose, adding that he is now resorting to hate politics.

Full Story >>

Ambedkar Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack at Amit Shah over his 'Kasab' remark, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday said there is no bigger 'Kasab' (terrorist) than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president.

Full Story >>

Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The political fight which began over 'donkey' remark took another turn on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi taunted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying the Congress, with which the Samajwadi Party is in alliance with, is the same party which took out postal stamps of donkeys in 2013.

Full Story >>

Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb.23 (ANI): At least six people were killed and two critically injured after a head-on collision took place between a bus and a truck on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb.23 (ANI): TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday took charge as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)'s deputy general secretary.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.23 (ANI): The government is working actively on providing quality education to students, as it believes that only a proper and quality education has the potential of developing a good citizen with strong character.

Full Story >>

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], Feb.23, (ANI): Fire could be used for several purposes, but one could never think of using fire for painting. Kamal Rana from Gujarat's Vadodara had turned the imagination into truth by using fire flames in his art work which he claimed to be the longest painting of the world.

Full Story >>

Balrampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the party which first dubbed laptop as a 'rattle' has now included it in its manifesto.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb.23 (ANI): As the voting is underway for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, 39 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Post weak performance of the Congress party in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls in Maharashtra, its party leader Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday resigned from the post of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chairman post.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.23 (ANI): Injured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commanding Officer, Chetan Cheeta's medical condition still remains critical, according to medical bulletin released on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed petition seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate into admission of Madhya Pradesh-Pre Engineering Test (PET) which was held in 2012-13.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): A day after clash broke out between All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students at the Delhi University's Ramjas College, the Delhi Police on Thursday called for strict action, while asserting that few policemen's unprofessional actions were also noticed in handling law and order situation during the scuffle.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Feb 23. (ANI): The high-voltage Uttar Pradesh election has turned out a 23.78 of voter percentage by 11 am in the fourth phase of the Assembly polls.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear the plea filed by the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) seeking inclusion of the Urdu language in the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET).

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb.22 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Thursday expressed confidence of victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

Full Story >>

Ambala (Haryana) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The security has been beefed up in Ambala on Thursday in wake of Indian National Lok Dal's (INLD) call to dig Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal near Shambhu barrier.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Coming out defiantly against the allegation of being involved in a corruption case related to meat exporter Moin Qureshi, former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief A.P. Singh on Thursday said majority of chats between him and the former took place after his retirement.

Full Story >>

Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): With the voting for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly election begun on 53 constituencies, Villagers in Fatehpur's Khaga boycott polling over developmental issues.

Full Story >>

Surat (Gujarat) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday attached assets worth Rs. 1,02,16,000 of Gujarat-based financier Kishore Bhajiawala under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case.

Full Story >>