Joint opposition meet ends in Srinagar

Joint opposition meet ends in Srinagar

Srinagar, August 17: The National Conference (NC) today called a meeting of opposition parties in Srinagar on Wednesday to discuss the unabated violence and killing of civilians in action by armed forces.

Members in the the meeting, which mainly focused on the present unrest in the Valley, jointly called for an end to violence in Kashmir Valley. There was also a joint appeal to Prime Minister Modi to look inwards and not rake up the issue of Balochistan or Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The opposition members also claimed that there was no Paksitani hand in the unrest and that the State and central governments should begin negotiations with all stake holders including Pakistan.

It was also announced in the meeting that a petition would be presented to President of India and Govt of India with these demands on the Kashmir issue.

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However, it was also said by a few members that the opposition is not power hungry and that the situation is not bad enough for President’s rule. “We are not demanding dismissal of government but it should protect human lives,” said a former minister on condition of anonymity.

The meeting was convened by NC working President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at the residence of NC president, Dr Farooq Abdullah. Those present in the meeting were state leaders who were not invited to the all-party meeting on Kashmir chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Only parties having representation in parliament were invited to the meeting.

National Conference had boycotted the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on July 22, a fortnight after unrest erupted in the Valley following Wani’s death.

The meeting will take place at the residence of NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah.

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