CM Mehbooba chairs all-party meeting on Kashmir situation

Srinagar, Apr 09 (KNS): Amid unabated violence in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today convened an all-party meeting here to discuss the situation in the state.

Sources told KNS that the all-party meeting decided to push for a “Ramzan ceasefire” proposal within the state and across the border with Pakistan, along the lines of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative in 2003.
Sources said that participants stressed that an inclusive engagement of all parties is needed to carry forward the peace and reconciliation process.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her concern about the deteriorating situation in the Valley. “The issues of Kashmir are old but I am more concerned about the prevailing situation as we are losing young lives,” she said at the meeting.

Sources said that the Chief Minister all expressed her concern about the killing of tourist “it was unfortunate that the tourist was killed. Such incidents spoil our image and do a serious damage to the tourism industry,” the CM has said.

Sources said that Chief Minister also said that it is important to revive the dialogue process. “My government will act as a facilitator if tangible steps are taken to reach out to all the stakeholders,” sources quoting CM said.

The meeting was called to discuss the security situation in the Valley. On Saturday, three militants were killed in Srinagar’s Chattabal area and a teenager was run over by a police vehicle. On Sunday, five militants and five civilians were killed in a gunfight in Shopian. A tourist from Chennai was killed during stone-pelting in Baramulla on Monday.

One of the participants told KNS that the all-party meeting discussed a Ramzan ceasefire along the lines of Vajpayee’s initiative to stop violence in Jammu and Kashmir. “The basic idea was to make Ramzan as peaceful as possible and hopefully start a new dialogue,” the leader added.

He said that the meeting pushed for dialogue within and beyond the state with Pakistan.
Sources said that four members of National conference also attended the meeting.

Sources said that other parties including Congress, BJP, CPI (M), Peoples Conference, PDF and others attended the five-hour long meeting.

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