Mehbooba bats for ceasefire in J&K from Ramzan

Clay Curtis
May 10, 2018

She suggested constitution of an All Party Delegation to meet the Prime Minister and apprise the national leadership about the pain and sufferings of the people and take appropriate measures to minimize the same.

The meeting was convened by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who told reporters: "It was the unanimous decision of all parties during the meeting that the Government of India consider a ceasefire ahead of Ramzan and the Amarnath Yatra". He said Mufti was "shamelessly" clinging onto power.

Mufti added that by considering this recommendation of a unilateral ceasefire, the Centre will be providing relief to the people who face difficulties on daily basis due to encounters and ceasefire violations. "Everyone voiced concern over the killings that are taking place and over our young now turning to the gun, and the stone-pelting incidents in which we also lost a young boy from Tamil Nadu", she said. Indian forces have retaliated strongly each time. "There was no consensus on sending an all-party delegation to meet PM", BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said in Jammu. "One positive thing was that every party sought to know that why the agenda of alliance (between BJP and PDP) was not being implemented", the chief minister said.

Earlier, the main opposition party, the National Conference (NC), said just having meetings would serve no goal and the need was to take steps which diffuse the situation. "Chief Minister raked up the issue of formation of group and meeting the Prime Minister six times".

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Terming "stone pelters of today as potential terrorists of tomorrow", they said "we will not agree are buy any argument that the hands of army should be tied". "The results of the amnesty schemes are totally opposite to what the government had expected", he said, adding the BJP's stand was clear that the state government should stop being soft on stone pelters.

We discussed the situation. "If they (government) have to improve the situation here, they will have to do it (announce unilateral ceasefire)". "We can not sit and allow the bloodshed to continue in Kashmir".

"The Governor also spoke to Mehbooba about certain issues relating to the prime minister's forthcoming visits to Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions", the spokesman said.

However, they denied there was confrontation between Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP over the issue.

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