SRINAGAR: Government of India has initiated behind-the-scene talks at the level of the home minister to find a way out to the ongoing uprising in Kashmir, reports said.
According to a report carried b New Delhi based, The Indian Express, home minister Rajnath Singh has held two rounds of talks with “eminent citizens” of India, mostly non-Kashmiri Muslims, to discuss a possible plan of action and seek their help in initiating a dialogue with Kashmiris.
The home minister held first meeting with 10 people in his office on August 18, while the second one was held on Sunday with 14 people, the report said.
The second meeting, it said, was attended by senior functionaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Unnamed MHA officials have told the newspaper that after the first meeting, unimplemented reports of working groups on J&K were being examined afresh and “some action would be taken on the key recommendations once the Valley situation improved”.
Singh, as per the report, has “indicated” to the meeting that the government of India was working on a “three-stage plan” to find a peaceful solution.
He has assured them that the use of pellet guns, which have caused serious injuries to over 900 people, mostly the young, would be “minimised”, it said.
“The Home Minister indicated that the government is finalising a three-stage plan to end the protests in a peaceful manner. To begin with, civil society groups will be encouraged to venture into Kashmir and interact with the protesting youths. He also indicated that an all-party delegation will be sent to the state soon. The role of clergy in spreading the message of peace and tranquility was also discussed,” the report quoted sources as saying.
As per the report, those who attended the meeting on Sunday included former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, former Rajya Sabha member Shahid Siddiqui, security analyst Qamar Agha, Milli Gazette editor Zafarul Islam Khan, Supreme Court advocate Ashok Bhan, former J&K interlocutor M M Ansari, and former AAP leader Mufti Shameem Kazmi.
The non-official participants were almost unanimous in admitting that the situation has been allowed to drift in the Kashmir province, the report said.