All-party meeting to push for 'Ramzan ceasefire', talks with Pakistan

Omar Abdullah Shopian incident SIT probe security forces Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

Omar Abdullah Shopian incident SIT probe security forces Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

The opposition National Conference is now attacking Ms Mufti, questioning the goal of calling an all-party meeting when "her ally doesn't agree with her".

The meeting, which is underway at the time of the filing of this report, was called to discuss the security situation in the Valley.

Opposition NC Working President Omar Abdullah had said yesterday, "We've killed a tourist by throwing stones at the vehicle he was travelling in".

Talking to reporters at SKICC in Srinagar where an all-party meeting chaired by Mehbooba Mufti is underway, Rasheed said that the anti-militancy operations should be stopped forthwith to end the bloodshed in the Valley. "We don't believe in the unilateral ceasefire as it is not in the national interest", Gupta said.

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The meeting also pushed for dialogue with Pakistan. "The terror outfits are on the back foot and we can't squander that advantage", added this person.

Sethi said militants were demoralised due to Army action and a unilateral ceasefire would ease pressure and allow them to regroup. It was only when the minutes of the meeting were released in the public domain by Advocate Ankur Sharma, BJP leadership raised the issue of withdrawing the controversial minutes, which till date they have failed to do so.

The official said that a ceasefire is already in force on the worldwide border and the line of control (LoC), the de-facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. Mufti had called the incident- "murder of humanity". "Let us see what happens next", said Basharat Bukhari, PDP leader and minister.

She said that there was consensus among all political parties that there should be a Ramadhan ceasefire like the one announced during the time of then prime minister Atal BihariVajpayee. "Whenever the two parties would discuss a unilateral ceasefire, we will put our point forward as we are against it", they said. Palaniswami also spoke to Mehbooba over phone and sought her help for the safe return of 130 tourists from Tamilnadu who had gone to Jammu and Kashmir. "We will not agree or buy any argument that the hands of army should be tied", he added.

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