SRINAGAR: The state government on Thursday appointed 35 liaison officers in connection with the visit of All Party Parliamentary Delegation led by the Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu and Kashmir on 4 -5 September.
According to a government order, the Liaison Officers have been asked Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir on September 2 for further deployment.
As many as 26 MPs belonging to various political parties have confirmed their participation in the all party delegation visiting the state.
The total number of people, including officials, to be part of the team would be around 35.
Sources said the political leaders are free to meet Hurriyat leaders in the Valley but Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that talk will only be held with those who believe in “humanity, democracy and secularism.”
Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, CPI leader D Raja, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and BSP leader Satsih Chandra Mishra are likely to be part of the delegation.
During its two-day visit, the delegation, government sources will believe, will interact with a cross section of people, individuals and groups in the Valley, which has been reeling under 55 days of continuous uprising following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
In 2010, when a similar delegation had visited the Kashmir Valley, team members, including Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, had met Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.