Mufti reaches out to national parties amid continued unrest

PDP has been reaching out to various national parties as part of which its patron Mufti Mohd Sayeed met leaders from the Left parties and JD(U) in a bid to suggest how the situation could be defused.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 23:53 PM IST

New Delhi: With unrest continuing in Jammu and Kashmir, the main opposition in the state PDP has been reaching out to various national parties as part of which its patron Mufti Mohd Sayeed met leaders from the Left parties and JD(U) in a bid to suggest how the situation could be defused.

Sayeed met CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Saturday and CPI leaders A B Bardhan and D Raja yesterday to exchange views on the turmoil in the state. He also met JD(U) President and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav in this regard.
In these meetings, Sayeed is understood to have pinned hopes on the upcoming visit of an all-party delegation to the state on Monday to seek views of cross-section of people there.
He has suggested that the delegation should meet the families of victims of police firing.

Representatives of the Left parties, including CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury and CPI`s Gurudas Dasgupta, will be part of the all-party delegation that will visit
Kashmir and Jammu for two days.
The Left parties, which have been for long demanding sending of such a delegation to the valley, favoured beginning of a political process with all sections in the state and these views were conveyed to Sayeed, the former Chief Minister.

Besides, they want the immediate release of youth arrested during the three-month long protests, barring those who have been slapped with serious charges. They have sought measures for providing economic relief for the continuous disruption of business and economic activities in the valley with special emphasis on providing employment.

The Left parties have also been asking the government to withdraw the Disturbed Areas proclamation from certain cities to make the AFSPA redundant in these areas. Sharad Yadav said the killing of youths in the Valley in police firing iss a matter of concern and appealed to the people of the state to seek a solution to the problem through dialogue.

"The entire country shares their concern and is committed to solve their problems. A way out will come only through talks," Yadav said, adding he is already in touch with people of the state and had discussions the issue with former state Chief Minister and PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Former MP and party general secretary K C Tyagi will represent JD-U in the all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir.

PTI