All should come together to restore normalcy in Kashmir: Congress

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept. 5 (ANI): With the all-party delegation set to visit Jammu on Monday , the Congress has said all should come together to restore peace and normalcy in the Kashmir Valley. "The delegation has gone there. There is some confusion. I believe all should come together to restore peace in the Valley. The Hurriyat leaders have boycotted it. The people of Kashmir need peace and normalcy. There are many people in the delegation who actually have sympathies for the people of Kashmir. When an overall view will come, a decision will be taken," Congress leader Meem Afzal told ANI. During the first day of its visit, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh-led delegation met about 200 members in about 30 delegations from various sections of society and listened to their point of view to reach at a common solution to the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home Minister chaired the meeting of all-party delegation, which was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. During the meeting, a detailed presentation was given by the state government highlighting various issues related to the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. It was emphasized that a clear roadmap needs to be drawn with a focus on the way forward. It was also stressed upon that the recommendations of Working Groups and Parliamentary delegations need to be considered. While interacting with the delegation, Mehbooba said that Kashmir is a common issue of national interest and should not be viewed as a political issue. All the parties agreed to this fact and emphasised that steps need to be taken to restore normalcy and peace in Kashmir at the earliest. The all-party delegation also met the representatives of various political parties. Various political parties expressed their concern over the injuries to civilians due to the use of pellet guns. The Union Home Minister said that government is already working on the alternatives to pellet guns such as PAVA shells. The all-party delegation will visit Jammu tomorrow after meeting different civil society delegations in Srinagar in the morning. (ANI)