Rajnath arriving today, may attend Mehbooba’s Iftar

Rajnath arriving today, may attend Mehbooba’s Iftar
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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is arriving in Srinagar on Thursday for a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the ongoing suspension of anti-militancy operations and tour a border district, officials said.
The home minister may also attend an Iftar to be hosted by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, an official said.
Singh would hold meetings with Governor NN Vohra, the chief minister, and top civil, police and paramilitary officials.
The home minister may also make an announcement on whether the operations would be suspended beyond Eid and during the Amaranth Yatra beginning June 28.
Recent incidents of stone-pelting, attacks on security forces, and infiltration attempts along the border would also figure in the meetings Singh would have with the security forces’ top brass, the official said.
The home minister’s visit also comes amidst an offer for talks with the Hurriyat Conference. The separatist amalgam, however, has made it clear that it will enter into dialogue only if there is clarity on the initiative, if Jammu and Kashmir is declared “disputed”, and a few other conditions are met.
The home minister would also review the situation along the Indo-Pak border, where cross-border firing led to death of at least 20 people and evacuation of several thousand people this year.
The ongoing development projects, announced as part of the Rs 80,000 crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would also be reviewed in the meeting, another official said.
A number of projects related to creating employment opportunities and sports infrastructure to attract youths may be unveiled during the visit.
The home minister would travel to the frontier district of Kupwara where he would review some projects being undertaken as part of the Border Area Development Programme.
On the second day of the tour, the home minister would visit Jammu and take stock of the situation along the International Border.