Omar meets PM as Kashmir boils

The Centre has indicated that it is committed to carrying out political initiatives.

New Delhi: The Centre Monday rallied behind
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in handling the
situation in Kashmir valley and indicated that it is committed
to carrying out political initiatives for which peace is a

Arriving here this morning, Omar called on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh who chaired a high-level meeting to
discuss the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley and find an
administrative and political way out.

He briefed the meeting in which all the members of the
Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) including Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence
Minister A K Antony and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
were present on the latest turn of events in the Valley which
witnessed a fresh spurt in violence.

Omar raised issues including the need for additional
forces and initiation of "internal and external" dialogue with
people concerned.

The sources said the Centre was willing to initiate
series of political steps in the valley but peace was a

The Centre will also send additional forces to Jammu and
Kashmir to assist the state police in handling the situation.

The meeting comes a day after the CCS met to discuss the
political and administrative steps needed to be taken to
defuse the escalating situation in the Valley.

The meeting voiced its resolve to help the state
government in all possible ways and also underscored the need
for adequate backup for the CRPF and state police while
dealing with protesters.

The state government had also sent a request for a
policy to rehabilitate former militants, who have served their
jail sentence and were unemployed besides a comprehensive
policy for those youths who were willing to return from
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

According to sources, intelligence agencies have
reported that a majority of stone pelters were former
militants who were at present unemployed.


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