PM to meet all-party delegation from J&K tomorrow

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 18:49

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
will meet an all-party delegation from Jammu and Kashmir led
by state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday to discuss the
current situation in the Valley and ways to resolve it.

During the meeting, from which opposition PDP has
decided to stay away, the Prime Minister is expected to seek
views of the political parties on ways to restore peace in
Kashmir, which has been witnessing a cycle of violence
following the controversy over killing of three youths
allegedly in a fake encounter in Machil in North Kashmir.

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, Ali Mohammed Sagar and
Abdul Rahim Rather will represent the ruling National
Conference while Saif-ud-din Soz will be leading the Congress
delegation.

Others invited for the meeting were Mohammed Yusuf
Tarigami of CPI(M), BJP, Nationalist Congress Party, Panthers
Party, BSP, Samajwadi Party and Democratic Freedom Party.

Omar had called an all-party meeting on July 12 but
opposition PDP had refused to attend that also. Its chief
Mehbooba Mufti had then said the meeting should instead be
called by the Prime Minister.

The National Conference criticised the PDP for
boycotting the meeting saying, "Actually, they are never
interested in the welfare of people."

JK Panthers Party, which had boycotted the meeting in
Kashmir, has agreed to participate in tomorrow`s meeting with
the Prime Minister here.

In a two-pronged strategy to defuse the current crisis
in Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting held on July 12 had called
for an independent inquiry into the death of civilians and
also urged the Prime Minister to give fillip to "internal and
external dialogue".

The meeting had appealed to all political parties to
help in restoration of peace and normalcy in the state which
has been rocked by disturbances besides urging the Centre to
strengthen the ongoing peace process through internal and
external dialogue.

The leaders had also criticised PDP for not attending
the meeting. CPI state president A R Takroo had expressed
regret that while on the one hand, PDP was trying to hijack
the agenda of Hurriyat Conference, on the other it was trying
to convince the Centre and the Prime Minister that it is a
nationalist party.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 18:49

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