Kashmir Oppn parties meet on Valley turmoil, may write to President

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 15:08 IST
Paramilitary soldiers stands guard during curfew in downtown area of Srinagar,India, 11 August 2016. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo )

Kashmir-based opposition parties are meeting Wednesday to discuss the volatile situation in the Valley a day after five people were killed in clashes with the security forces, taking to 65 the death toll in the latest wave of unrest.

The meeting comes five days after the Centre left out these parties from an all-party meeting in New Delhi.

The Kashmiri parties, which are meeting at the residence of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, are expected to send a letter to the President and seek an appointment to discuss the ongoing cycle of violence.

“Every time it looks like things are calming down, their utterances make things worse,” Abdullah, who called the meeting, said.

“You have a chief minister who is devoid of any empathy whatsoever. She is blaming everybody else including the parents of the dead children but she herself is blameless, so we thought we should take stock of the situation,’’ the former chief minister said, referring to Mehbooba Mufti’s Independence Day speech.

In the morning, the 46-year-old leader took on the Centre for talking about Pakistan’s Balochistan even as violence continued in Kashmir.

“6 protestors dead in Kashmir in 24 hours but WTH let’s go sort out Balochistan since we are doing such a good job in J&K at the moment!!!,” he tweeted.

The Centre’s “Kashmir outreach” was also fuelling turmoil, he said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to corner Pakistan by raising rights violations in Balochistan and PoK. ``When they had to talk Kashmir, they were talking Balochistan.’’

This is the first meeting of opposition parties after protests broke out in the Valley following the encounter death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

Local leaders of the Congress and CPM were also invited to the meeting also being attended by members of the People’s Democratic Front, Democratic Freedom Party and Awami Ithihad Party.

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