Srinagar: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday arrived in Srinagar for a two-day visit to the state.
The Home Minister, after reviewing law and order situation with the state Governor N.N.Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior officials of various state and Central departments, will take a call on whether the present suspension of operations against the militants would be extended after the Eid festival to cover the annual Amarnath Yatra.
Security for the Amarnath Yatra, beginning on June 28, will be reviewed by the Home Minister during his stay in the state.
While the state government wants the continuation of the Ramzan ceasefire beyond the Eid, top sources suggest the field commanders of the Army have argued that the cessation of hostilities from only one side is helping the militants to regroup and increase their numbers through recruitment of local boys.
Another important agenda on the Home Minister’s priority list would be to deliberate upon the response of the prop-freedom leaders to the “offer of talks”.
While Singh has said that New Delhi is ready to talk to “everyone including the separatists”, BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav recently made an offer to the pro-freedom to “engage in a meaningful dialogue with the Centre”.
The pro-freedom leaders have been demanding “clarity in the talks offer” so that their engagement in the dialogue would yield results.
On the second day of his visit, the HM will review the security along the international border in Jammu and also deliberate on the situation that has been arising because of the migration of border residents each time cross border firing takes place.