All Party Meeting on J-K, Doklam crisis

Home minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will brief leaders of 28 parties on the security situation in J-K as well as the ongoing standoff in Doklam. The all-party meeting is an effort on part of the government to reach out to the opposition for smooth functioning of the Parliament session starting on Monday.

The ministers will detail the measures taken by the government to tackle unrest, terrorism and infiltration in J-K and also explain the dynamics of the Sino-Indian border standoff. The opposition will get a chance to raise queries and also offer suggestions and solutions. The government is expected to highlight how security forces have been mounting pressure on terrorists with effective counter-operations which may have frustrated them into hitting “soft“ targets such as Amarnath yatris.

As many as 100 terrorists have been neutralised in J-K so far this year, against 150 in the whole of 2016. Another 200 terrorists, of which foreign terrorists constitute over 50%, are believed to be holed up in the Valley .

Singh is expected to explain the possible security gaps that may have led to the Amarnath attack. He will also apprise opposition leaders of the steps being taken to ensure security for private vehicles travelling late on the J-K highway .

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