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Monday, August 29, 2016

Curfew finally lifted in Kashmir: Rajnath Singh to lead all-party delegation on 3 Sept

After 51 days, authorities lifted curfew from Kashmir since the ongoing unrest began on 8 July, officials said. "Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley. But, it will remain in force in Pulwama town and in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and MR Gunj police stations in Srinagar," a senior police official told IANS.
The decision to lift curfew was taken at a high level security meeting on Sunday evening, sources said. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh went into a huddle with BJP president Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh and discussed with them the modalities of the all-party delegation's visit.
Rajnath is likely to lead an all-party delegation on 3 September to Jammu and Kashmir even as the state continued to be on edge despite curfew being lifted. Sources said the meeting discussed possible individuals and groups with whom the delegation may interact. The government has sounded out different political parties to convey the names of their representatives who will be part of the delegation.

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