New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani
along with a delegation of party MLAs from Jammu and Kashmir
on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the
prevailing situation in the Valley and demanded that the
Centre should intervene to restore normalcy.
The delegation expressed its opposition to the
proposed political package for the state which was discussed
between the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
"It would be akin to rewarding the separatists and
those creating trouble in the state," a BJP leader said.
The delegation included BJP MLAs from the state,
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her
counterpart in Upper House Arun Jaitley.
The MLAs and the Central leaders of the party also
emphasised the need for keeping up the morale of the
security forces, including the paramilitary.
The party is opposed to cutting down the strength of
the Army in the Valley and welcomed the deployment of 20,000
more troops in the state.
The Prime Minister promised to look into their demands
The BJP has also asked the government to hold a
discussion on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and has
decided to field senior party leader M M Joshi to initiate the
debate on behalf of the party.
Curfew remains in force in Kashmir Valley
Curfew remained clamped today in
the Kashmir Valley which witnessed overnight clashes between
stone-pelting protestors and security forces.
The mobs attacked two police posts in Sopore and
Habakaddal here last night and set a state road transport
corporation office afire in Baramulla, police said.
45-year-old Gulam Nabi Bidyari, who was injured last
night when security forces opened fire to quell a
stone-throwing mob in Habakaddal in downtown Srinagar,
succumbed to his injuries in a hospital this morning, they
Two persons were injured in firing in Bemina here
yesterday, police said. A driver identified as Mehran was
injured at Hyderpora here when protestors lobbing stones
attacked his vehicle. He is a resident of Baramulla.
Another stone-pelter sustained bullet injuries in
Kaniakadal here this morning, police said.
Kashmir Valley was yesterday relatively peaceful
barring stray incidents and one episode of firing at a stone
pelting mob by security personnel here in the night in which
one person was killed.
With today`s death, the total number of people killed
since July 30 has gone up to 31.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and hardline Hurriyat
leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had yesterday made appeals for