Mufti Sayeed meets Left leaders on Kashmir situation

As unrest continues in J&K, its main opposition PDP has been reaching out to various national parties as part of which its patron Mufti Mohd Sayeed met Left leaders to suggest how the situation in the state could be defused.

New Delhi: As unrest continues in Jammu and
Kashmir, its main opposition PDP has been reaching out to
various national parties as part of which its patron Mufti
Mohd Sayeed met Left leaders to suggest how the situation in
the state could be defused.

Sayeed met CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today
and CPI leaders A B Bardhan and D Raja yesterday to exchange
views on the turmoil in the state.

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.

PTI

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