All-party meet on Kashmir begins in Srinagar
An all-party meet convened by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah began here on Monday to discuss the law and order situation in the state.
Srinagar: An all-party meet convened by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah began here on Monday to discuss the law and order situation in the state.
While the main opposition People`s Democratic Party (PDP) stood its ground on not attending the meeting despite a request from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is participating.
Besides the ruling National Conference (NC) and the Congress, the meeting is also being attended by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Democratic National Party.
Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah is also present at the crucial meeting.
Apart from the PDP, the Panthers Party is also not attending the meet.
Omar Abdullah called the all-party meeting to discuss the volatile situation in the valley where the Army was called in to stage marches in curfew-bound towns to restore law and order following violent protests over civilian killings.
A shutdown called by separatists and official restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar affected life here Monday.
"Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley as the situation improved but restrictions are in place in some old city areas besides Batmaloo and Maisuma localities in uptown Srinagar," a senior police officer said here.
Markets, educational institutions, banks and other business establishments remained closed and public transport went off roads. But private vehicles plied in many areas of uptown city.
Life in Old City areas was paralyzed because of the restrictions imposed by the authorities curbing all pedestrian and vehicular movement.