Omar welcomes Modi’s statement

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement, saying opposition parties of the state are looking forward to working together with him to find lasting solution to the problems.

Modi today stressed upon a dialogue to find a lasting solution to the problems in Jammu and Kashmir but within the framework of the Constitution. The statement by the Prime Minister comes after he met a delegation led by Mr Abdullah at his office in south block, New Delhi today and presented a memorandum.

“We welcome the statement of the Hon PM @narendramodi ji & look forward to working together to find a lasting solution to problems of J&K,” Mr Abdullah, who is the working president of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

Abdullah thanked the Prime Minister for taking out time to meet the delegation. “Grateful to @narendramodi ji for taking out the time to receive the delegation from J&K and giving us a patient hearing beyond allotted time,” he said.

Abdullah also thanked President Pranab Mukherjee for taking out time meeting the delegation on August 20. “Thankful to Hon President Pranab Mukherjee Sahib for sparing time to meet the opposition delegation from J&K on Saturday,” he said.

In another tweet the NC working thanked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for meeting the delegation and sharing his thoughts on the Kashmir situation.  “Our thanks to @OfficeOfRG for meeting the delegation on Sunday & sharing your thoughts on how you view the situation as also on ways forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, life remained crippled for the last 45 days curfew, restrictions and strike in Kashmir, where the unrest had left 67 civilians, including two women dead, and over 5,000 others injured since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag. Two policemen were also killed and over 4,000 security force personnel injured in the unrest.

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