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Kashmir opposition parties to meet President today

india Updated: Aug 20, 2016 11:36 IST
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File photo of paramilitary soldier standing guard during a restriction in Lal chowk area of Srinagar on April 15, 2016.(Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo )

Opposition parties based in Kashmir Valley are scheduled to be in New Delhi on Saturday to meet President Pranab Mukherjee .

The 20-member delegation will be led by former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah. The delegation will include JKPCC president G A Mir, CPI(M) State secretary and MLA MY Tarigami, PDF chairman and MLA Hakeem Yaseen, AIP chief and MLA Abdul Rashid, and former minister and DNP chief Ghulam Hassan Mir.

“The appointment with the President is scheduled at 1.30 pm on Saturday in his office in New Delhi,” a local news agency said.

Earlier this week, opposition parties held a meeting in Srinagar and passed a resolution demanding special session of the state assembly on the present unrest, among other things.

The parties had also recommended political dialogue with all stakeholders and with Pakistan for resolution of the Kashmir issue.

The initiative was taken by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday after a spike in civilian deaths.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Abdullah blamed the government for being devoid of “empathy and making situation worse by blaming victims.’’

The Valley has been witnessing unrest since the death of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 in an encounter. At least 66 people have died in crackdowns by security forces in the Valley and thousands have been injured.