Congress to meet Guv over Kashmir situation today

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Pardeep Singh Bali

The top leadership of Jammu and Kashmir Congress has finally decided to meet the state Governor-NN Vohra tomorrow to discuss prevailing situation in Kashmir.

According to highly placed sources, sensing the gravity of the situation in Kashmir, wherein 5 more people died in fresh violence, taking the toll to 65, the state unit of the congress has decided to meet, the governor of the state as well as chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“Yes the top leadership of the party has been ordered from the High Command that all the senior leaders and former ministers must share their experience in handling the volatile situation in Kashmir,” said sources, privy to the development said, adding “Most of the leaders have already landed in Kashmir and will meet the governor and chief minister in probably separate meetings tomorrow.”

Earlier, an all-party meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar last week, asked New Delhi to start “a political engagement with all stakeholders, including separatists, to address the larger political problem”.

A three-point resolution, adopted after the meeting, the all parties expressed grief over the loss of life and noted empathy and sense of solidarity with people of reflected in both houses of the Parliament.

“The meeting calls for converting this political consensus into a national initiative. An inclusive engagement of all stakeholders is needed to carry forward the peace and reconciliation process,” reads the resolution.

If sources are to be believed, during the All Party Meet, the congress members from Kashmir have given suggestions, but they were not in the line of the government, therefore the congress part has taken another initiative to resolve this lingering unrest.

Meanwhile, political experts see this initiative as a positive step and expect that involvement of politicians, above party lines, will definitely make some difference on the ground.

“Congress is party of seniors, with almost all the leaders completely versed with the situation in Kashmir, so they can use their expertise in cooling down prevailing unrest,” said experts.

 

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