PDP threatens review of participation in all-party initiative

An all-party delegation will arrive on Monday on a two-day mission to assess the ground situation in Kashmir even as PDP and the ruling National Conference, sparred each accusing the other of trying to sabotage the process.

Srinagar: An all-party delegation will
arrive on Monday on a two-day mission to assess the ground
situation in Kashmir even as PDP, which threatened to pull out
of the talks, and the ruling National Conference, sparred
each accusing the other of trying to sabotage the process.

The 38-member team to be led by Home Minister P
Chidambaram hopes to meet leaders of various separatist groups
in a bid to break the impasse in Kashmir that has witnessed
unabated violence over the last few months claiming over 100
lives.

Striking a sour note on the eve of the meeting, PDP
threatened to reconsider its participation, accusing the
Jammu and Kashmir government of "sabotaging" the visit by
clamping curfew in the Valley.

"If the repressive measures continue, we will have to
reconsider our decision (of being part of the all-party
initiative)," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters
here.

She said there was no purpose in the visit of the
all-party delegation if the members of the civil society,
those raising the voice of dissent and the common people are
not allowed to meet it.

Dismissing the PDP charge as misleading and baseless,
Jammu and Kashmir Law Minister Ali Mohammad said it was
surprising that it was all praise for the all-party initiative
two days ago but has suddenly changed its stand.

"I do not know what has changed in two days. I will
leave it to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to decide who is
trying to scuttle the visit of the delegation."

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah rejecting the demand for
his resignation, said without naming any party thatthose
behind it were "some frustrated political elements who failed
to make it to the Government in the 2008 elections".

He said even separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani
and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have no issues with his Government and
were articulating an ideology they have been practisi8ng for
the last two decades.

Abdullah said his Government would facilitate all those
who are sincere about finding a solution to the present crisis
to talk to the all-party delegation.

An invitation has been extended to Hurriyat Conference
factions led by Geelani and Farooq as well as to JKLF chief
Yaseen Malik for participating in the talks.

Among the members of the delegation will be Arun Jaitley
and Sushma Swaraj (BJP), Mulayam Singh (SP), T R Baalu (DMK),
Ramvilas Paswan (LJP), Sharad Yadav (JD-U), Rajniti Prasad
(RJD), Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool), E Ahamed (Indian Union
Muslim League) and Govind Rao Adik (NCP).

Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM), Rattan Singh Ajnala (SAD),
Narhari Mahato (Forward Bloc), Prasanto Majumdar (RSP), M
Thambidurai (AIADMK), Basudeb Acharya (CPM), Gurudas Dasgupta
(CPI) and Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference will also
come but representatives of Shiv Sena and TRS are yet to
confirm their arrival in Kashmir.

PTI

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