June 2019 News

On K-visit, Shah To Review Security

25 June 2019
The Tribune
Ehsan Fazili

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is arriving on his first visit to the state on Wednesday. His visit comes ahead of the Amarnath yatra, which begins on Monday. During his two-day visit, the Home Minister will meet Governor Satya Pal Malik and chair a meeting of the Unified Headquarters to review the security situation in view of the Amarnath yatra. The meeting will be held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre soon after his arrival in Srinagar on Wednesday afternoon. The meeting will be attended by the senior police and civil administration officers, top brass of the Army, paramilitary forces and Intelligence agencies, sources said. The visit comes at a time when the Hurriyat Conference has shown willingness to talk to the government, as revealed by the Governor here on Saturday. The security and developmental issues will be the top agenda of the Home Minister during his visit. Since the new Modi-led government took over, there has been a sharp rise in the security forces' casualties. Eleven security personnel, including a Major and a Station House Officer of the J&K Police, have been killed in gunfights, since last month. Shah is also scheduled to visit the Amarnath shrine in the upper reaches of Pahalgam on Thursday morning. The 45-day Amarnath yatra will begin via both Pahalgam and Baltal routes on July 1. Various deputations, including a party delegation of the BJP, will meet Shah before his return to New Delhi on Thursday. Meanhwhile, president of the J&K Peoples' Movement Shah Faesal has said the Home Minister, on his maiden visit, should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the state. He said the Centre had an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to the Valley while taking all stakeholders on board. He urged for initiation of the dialogue process, resumption of the cross-LoC trade and freeing of political prisoners, who are in jail for minor offences. He hoped that the Home Minister would facilitate the creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity would pick up and tourism potential of the state would be harnessed.