Led by Omar, JK opposition leaders to meet PM Modi today

J&K’s opposition leaders led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will on Monday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urge him to initiate dialogue with “all stakeholders” in Kashmir to find a political solution to the ongoing uprising in the region.
Led by Omar, JK opposition leaders to meet PM Modi today
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J&K's opposition leaders led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will on Monday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urge him to initiate dialogue with "all stakeholders" in Kashmir to find a political solution to the ongoing uprising in the region.

"The meeting is scheduled at 9.30 am," said Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Chairman Hakeem Muhammad Yasin, who is part of 20-member delegation of opposition leaders from the State.

On Saturday, the opposition leaders, who are camping in New Delhi for the past two days, had met President Pranab Mukherjee and appealed him to urge Government of India to initiate a political process on Kashmir which has witnessed 66 killings in the past 44 days following the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8. Around 6000 civilians have been injured including over 500 persons who have been hit by pellets in one or both eyes.

"We will appeal to the Prime Minister that essentially the ongoing problem in Kashmir is political in nature which needs to be addressed by initiating a political dialogue with all stakeholders," said State Secretary CPI (M), Muhammad Yousuf Targami who is also part of the delegation.

Kashmir, Targami said, was not a security problem. "It is a huge human issue which needs to be addressed through human approach which unfortunately is absent," he said.

Sources said the delegation would request the Prime Minister to impress upon the State Government to stop dealing with the situation "administratively" as it was leading to "unprecedented disaffection", especially among the youth.

"We will underscore the need to initiate a credible and meaningful dialogue to bring an end to the unrest without further waste of time," PTI quoted the sources.

The delegation would also bring up the continuous issue of use of pellet guns by forces which have caused injuries to civilians on a large scale and pitch for an end to "mass harassment, raids and arrests" as these have worsened the situation.

Today, the delegation led by Omar, who is also the working President of National Conference, called on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and apprised him about the ground situation in Kashmir. The meeting lasted for more than one hour. Other members of the delegation include State Congress President GA Mir, former minister and DNP Chairman Ghulam Hassan Mir and several senior leaders of the opposition parties.

"We told him (Gandhi) that the present Kashmir crisis was a serious issue and should not be looked through the prism of law and order and urged him that Congress, as an opposition party, must play its role so that some opinion is formed across the country and Government is made accountable to listen to the plight of Kashmiris," said Targami.

Hakeem Muhammad Yasin said during their meeting with Gandhi, the delegation also talked about the "blunders" committed by Congress in the past vis-à-vis Kashmir.  But, Yasin said, the delegation appreciated the role that Congress played in highlighting the Kashmir crisis in the Parliament.

Tomorrow, the opposition delegation would also meet CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri and apprise him about the situation in Kashmir. On Saturday, Omar had warned that the fire that has been raging in Kashmir has already started spreading across Pirpanjal and Chenab Valley in Jammu, and Ladakh.

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