J&K: Senior Home Ministry official meets Governor

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Srinagar:  Days after the Home Minister P Chidambaram indicated a fresh initiative to break the deadlock in Kashmir, the Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry, UK Bansal, visited Srinagar to find a way to start a dialogue with separatists and civil society.

Top on his agenda was how to deal with the stone pelting mobs, avoid more deaths and to create an enabling atmosphere before a formal dialogue takes place. 

Sources say the state and central government are seriously working on major confidence building measures. On the table are proposals to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Urban areas and the reduction of troops from the Valley. 

"You cannot have a beginning without a dialogue. You cannot embark on the journey without the vehicle. Dialogue is only a vehicle, not an end.  It is not the Centre which is delaying it. There are so many factors which many of us know," said Bansal.


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