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All-party meet over Kashmir situation today

Faced with wide criticism and mounting anger over the recent civilian killings at the hands of forces under her command, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti convened an all-party meeting for Wednesday to discuss the prevailing crisis-like situation in Kashmir.

“The meeting will discuss the present situation in Kashmir,” government spokesman and minister Naeem Akther told  about the fire-fighting move.

The meeting takes places in the wake of killing of 16 persons, including eight civilians, in the past four days in different parts of the Valley.

An official said government has invited representatives of 11 parties for the meeting that will be held on the banks of Dal Lake at SKICC.

“The invitation cards have been sent to the leadership of PDP, NC, Congress, BJP, PC, CPI(M),CPI, PDF, DPN, Panthers Party and  Awami Ittehad Party,” the official said.

Main opposition parties National Conference and Congress confirmed they will participate in the meeting, scheduled at 2 pm.

“We will attend the meeting,” senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said.

Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Muir also said that they will attend the meeting.

Over the past few months, the state government led by Mufti has come under sharp criticism for “inept” handling of the situation and using excessive force on protesters in southern Kashmir, which is witnessing spike in homegrown militancy and growing public support to it after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.

During the incumbent PDP-BJP government’s rule New Delhi has not taken any initiatives to resolve either internal or external dimensions of the dispute over Kashmir, something that was painstakingly incorporated into the “Agenda of Alliance” governing the coalition.

The AoA talks about a number of political initiatives and security-related Confidence Building Measures for restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

In October New Delhi appointed Dineshwar Sharma as its representative to the state for holding talks with different sections of society, the former Intelligence Bureau chief failed to break the ice.

During his seven visits to the state, Sharma could not meet any prominent face of Kashmir’s separatist movement.

 

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