All-party team wants talks with all stakeholders

An all-party delegation that recently visited Jammu and Kashmir requested the Centre and the state government on Wednesday to hold talks with all stakeholders in the violence-hit state where 75 people have died in protests since the killing of a militant in July.
“The members of the delegation are of the opinion that there is no place for violence in a civilised society,” a statement, which was issued after a meeting in Delhi, said. “There can be no compromise on national sovereignty.”
Home minister Rajnath Singh has indicated to some Opposition leaders that the Centre is considering a panel for talks with all stakeholders, including the Hurriyat leadership, sources said even as separatist leaders refused to hold dialogue with members of the all-party delegation.
The delegation headed by Singh visited Srinagar on September 4-5 to take stock of the situation in militancy-hit J-K, which has been on the boil since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Normal life has been disrupted in the Valley with separatists’ calling strikes and authorities imposing a rolling curfew.
Wednesday’s statement appealed for peace, expressing “serious concerns” in the wake of clashes between security forces and protesters, mainly youngsters.
Analysts say some confidence-building measures will have to be taken immediately to bridge the trust deficit. Lifting of curfew, a ban on pellet guns that have caused eye injuries and release of Hurriyat leaders could help defuse the situation, they say.
CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, who was part of the delegation that visited Kashmir, said the Left parties want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restart dialogue with Pakistan when he visits that country for the Saarc summit.
Yechury also wanted the government to withdraw security law Afspa from civilian areas in the Valley and restart talks with all stakeholders as “confidence-building measures”.

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