PDP to attend PM`s all-party meeting on Kashmir

Opposition PDP, which stayed away from the earlier all-party meetings on Kashmir crisis, today said it will attend the meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow to discuss the unrest in the Valley.

Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 00:56 AM IST

Srinagar: Opposition PDP, which stayed away
from the earlier all-party meetings on Kashmir crisis, today
said it will attend the meeting convened by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh tomorrow to discuss the unrest in the Valley.

"Since the flights are not operating from Srinagar, we
are not yet sure who is going to attend the meeting but PDP
will definitely participate," party President Mehbooba Mufti
told PTI.

The PDP had abstained from the all-party meeting convened
by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on July 12 describing the
exercise as futile and claiming that the state government had
nothing new to offer as it had exhausted all its options.

The largest opposition party in the state also did not
attend the meeting between a delegation of the state level
parties which met the Prime Minister last month.

Asked what brought about the change of heart, Mehbooba
said, "It is not a change of heart ... we have been proved
right as nothing has come out of the previous meeting at
state level and the events and incidents that have taken place
since."

She said although the meeting has been called a "little
too late", a beginning has to be made for restoring normalcy
in the Valley and also to address the larger issue of Kashmir.

Mehbooba expressed hope that positive decisions will
be taken at the broadbased meeting tomorrow, which will be
implemented on ground.

Among major demands of the PDP is withdrawal of Armed
Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), release of political
prisoners, end to human rights violations and immediate
resumption of dialogue with Pakistan and the stakeholders
within the state to address the external and internal
dimensions of the Kashmir issue.

-PTI