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Omar meets PM, assured of help

india Updated: Jul 17, 2010 23:34 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday held a series of meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P. Chidambaram to brief them about the situation in the Valley and steps taken to restore peace.

Both the Centre and the Congress leadership assured him help and support in dealing with the unrest.

Omar told the Prime Minister about the outcome of the July 12 all-party meet in Srinagar — the resolutions passed and suggestions put forth by leaders of various parties.

Omar also stressed the need for restoration of meaningful dialogue with all shades of opinion in the state besides urging engagement on the external front to address all issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh asked Omar to send him a comprehensive proposal while assuring him of all possible help from his government.

Sources said Omar briefed Gandhi about the functioning of the National Conference-Congress coalition government.

Gandhi expressed satisfaction at Omar’s handling of the situation.

The absence of some Congress ministers from the July 12 all-party meeting in Srinagar also came up.

Omar requested Chidambaram for better equipment to paramilitary forces and state police to control stone-pelting. “They need to ensure that no such (stone-pelting) incident takes place and no one dies,” he later said.

He also admitted that “foreign money” was being pumped into the state through various channels. “We are going to put in place some more concrete steps to stop the flow of funds.”

Boy ‘drowns’

Protests broke out in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday evening after a boy who drowned as police chased protesters near a bridge.

Till late evening, the authorities failed to find the boy in the Jhelum river.

Witnesses said two boys were sitting on the bridge railing when the forces started chasing them and they jumped into the river.

One boy was brought out alive, but the other boy, identified as Faizan Ahmad Guru, was missing.