Omar writes to Mufti, appeals PDP to attend all-party meet

J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Saturday renewed his appeal to PDP to attend the all party meet on Monday to discuss the present situation in the Kashmir valley but the main opposition party stuck to its decision to stay away.

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2010, 21:52 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Saturday renewed his appeal to PDP to attend the
all party meet on Monday to discuss the present situation in
the Kashmir valley but the main opposition party stuck to its
decision to stay away.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti insisted tonight there was
no point in attending the meeting as it will serve no purpose.
Mehbooba replied in the negative when asked whether her
party would attend the meet following Abdullah`s appeal.

"We can`t expect anything out of the meeting. We are not
going to attend it," she told agency. She said such a meeting
should be convened by the prime minister himself.

According to PDP sources, the Chief Minister wrote to
Mehbooba that he was pained to hear about the decision of her
party and that he would be "grateful" if she could join the
deliberations. Omar also spoke on telephone to Mehbooba.

"We are on the crossroads of a crucial phase in
Kashmir and its time for all of us to join hands and work
together to pave the way forward irrespective of our political
beliefs. Let us all come together to do a comprehensive
analysis of the situation and jointly lay a road map for a
better tomorrow for our people," the Chief Minister was quoted
as saying in the letter to Mufti.
He said the decision of not joining the deliberations
on Monday was "unfortunate and painful."

"I am writing to you to reiterate once again my
request to your party to join the deliberations of the
All-Party Meet.

"I will be personally grateful if you kindly
reconsider your decision and participate in the deliberations.
This participation of yours will help us to evolve a detailed
all inclusive agenda for the future," Omar said in the letter.

The PDP had yesterday stated that it did not see any
merit in attending the meet.

The invitation was extended to all 12 recognised
political parties and groups. These include National
Conference, Indian National Congress, PDP, BJP, Panthers
Party, CPI-M, CPI, Peoples Democratic Forum, Democratic Party
(Nationalist), Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and
Nationalist Congress Party.

PTI