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J&K working groups formation set in motion

The formation of the 5 working groups announced by PM to resolve the Kashmir issue have been set in motion.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 20:35 IST

The process of formation of five working groups announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resolve Kashmir issue was set in motion by Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday by holding consultations with coalition partner, Peoples Democratic Party.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad met former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and held wide-ranging consultations with them in connection with the formation of five working groups announced by the Prime Minister at the end of the second round table conference here on May 25, official sources said.

The sources said Azad is likely to meet Opposition National Conference President Omar Abdullah on Friday.

In his two-and-a-half hour meeting with Muftis, Azad discussed various issues with regard to follow up of decisions taken in round table conference and discussed in depth the nomination of the members of the five groups, the sources said.

They also discussed other political and developmental issues including the ties between the coalition partners which have been strain recently due to PDP's demands for self-rule and making public the names of those involved in the sex racket, the sources said.

The Chief Minister informed Muftis about his series of meetings with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the subject, the sources said.