Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir`s main
opposition PDP today decided to stay away from the all-party
meeting called by Omar Abdullah government on Monday to
discuss the present situation in Kashmir valley dubbing it as
a "purposeless exercise".
"PDP is unable to appreciate the purpose of calling a
meeting of political parties at this juncture. We see no merit
in it and therefore would want to be excused out of this
purposeless exercise", the party said.
The invitation was extended to all 12 recognised
political parties and groups by Minister for Law and
Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammed Sagar, an official
These parties and groups include National Conference,
Indian National Congress, PDP, BJP, Panthers Party, CPI-M,
CPI, Peoples Democratic Forum, Democratic Party (Nationalist)
Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Nationalist
A similar notice was issued by the Minister today in
respect of the meeting of MLAs and MLCs of coalition partners
on July 11, the spokesman said.
However, PDP sent a reply saying the "meeting notice" has
many "loopholes even as the format of the notice leaves much
to be desired in terms of etiquette and the purpose of
"....The notice surprisingly doesn`t make any mention of
the agenda for the meeting," a reply signed by Naeem Akhthar
of PDP to Sagar said.
PDP pointed out that its patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had
earlier demanded a special session of the state assembly to
discuss the "alienation" and human rights violations.
"The suggestion was rejected with a degree of contempt by
the Chief Minister (Omar Abdullah) as having no merit in it,"
Highlighting a few other incidents of violence, PDP
accused the government of being non-serious.