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Rajnath Singh also talked about martyred soldier Abdul Rashid, and said he was very upset to see the crying and teary eyed face of the martyr's daughter. "A delegation of House Boat Owners Association of Kashmir and Kashmir Hotel & Restaurants Association called on the HM", the home ministry said in a tweet.

The home minister also had meeting with leaders and representatives of various political, social and trade organisations to know their views on the issues confronting the state.

With militant violence showing an upward trend, the urgency to hold talks with all stakeholders, including separatists, emerged during Mr. Singh's meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Shunu said the exorbitant airfare to Leh round the year, especially during the months when the road-link is closed, is a source of great misery to the people. The total cost of PMDP is Rs 80,068 crores that includes 63 projects.

Rana said Article 35A reflected the identity of people and empowered them to shape their destiny and said any attempt to fiddle with it would harm Jammu more than the other two regions. Singh's Kashmir visit comes in the backdrop of PM Modi's Red Fort speech where he had said neither bullets nor abuse can solve the Kashmir problem.

Those scheduled to meet them include delegations of the Bar Assocaition, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pahari speaking people, Dogri Sanstha, ex-servicemen, leaders of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes, apart from minority communities, displaced persons from West Pakistan and Paksitan occupied Kashmir among others. He will arrive in Jammu later in the afternoon and meet various delegations.

Meanwhile, restrictions under section 144 continued to remain in force in six police station areas of Srinagar, the officials said.

"But there are some militants, who only want militancy and nothing else", Singh said exuding confidence in cops, "(they) call for Jihad for Jannah (heaven)".

A fire fight between militants and forces was also raging in Burbugh village of Imam Sahib area in southern Shopian district.


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