All party meet on Sikkim border row, Amarnath Yatra attack: Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj to brief Opposition parties

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will on Friday brief Opposition parties on the India-China standoff in Doka La and the situation in Kashmir ahead of the Parliament's monsoon session, that begins on Monday.

The all-party meeting to take the Opposition leaders into confidence on the two issues would be held at the home minister's residence.

The decision to address the meeting was taken after the nation was hounded on both sides, by Pakistan and China.

File image of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFP

File image of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI

The standoff between India and China in the Doka La Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, is now a month old, with no end to it in sight yet.

Sources said the government also wanted to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed a spate of violence following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July, 2016.

On 10 July, militants attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, killing seven persons and injuring 19 others in south Kashmir's Khanabal area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

On Tuesday, Rajnath had held a meeting in New Delhi following the terror attack and had hailed the people of the Valley for their unequivocal condemnation of the killings.

The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain, Research and Analysis Wing chief Anil Dhasmana, officials of paramilitary forces and the home ministry.

Rajnath had directed the officials to ensure foolproof security for the pilgrims, informed sources said. He also asked the authorities to ensure proper treatment of the injured.


Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 11:20 am | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 11:20 am


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