The Union Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah, may discuss separatist Hurriyat Conference's offer of talks with the Central government during his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir which begins on Wednesday.
On June 23, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a separatist leader, had expressed the Hurriyat's readiness to engage in a meaningful dialogue to end the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre had cleared that it was ready to talk to Hurriyat leaders but within the ambit of the Indian Constitution.
Mr. Shah will meet the state Governor, Mr. Satya Pal Malik, who had last week hailed the Mirwaiz's role in trying to address the social issues in the Valley. Mr.Shah will kick-start his maiden visit to the state by offering prayers at the Amarnath cave shrine.
According to the reports, the Home Minister will arrive in Srinagar today and board a chopper to reach the Amarnath cave shrine. The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has reportedly organised a special prayer at the cave in which Mr. Shah will participate.
This year the Amarnath Yatra will begin on July 1 and conclude on August 15. Shah will also convene a high-level meeting to review the security arrangements to ensure an incident-free Yatra this year. He will also co-chair the Unified Headquarters meeting with the Governor.