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PM reaches Kashmir for second roundtable

The PM will hold the second roundtable on Kashmir but will not separately meet Hurriyat leaders who have decided to boycott it.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 10:43 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flew in on Wednesday morning for a two-day visit to the Kashmir valley amidst stringent security measures.

Singh, who is presiding over the roundtable conference on Kashmir, is also scheduled to review the progress of work on the reconstruction plan announced by him for the state in 2004.

The Prime Minister will hold the second roundtable on Kashmir but will not separately meet Hurriyat leaders who have decided to boycott it.

The two-day conclave, the second in three months, is expected to evolve a mechanism through sub-groups to address specific issues like security, economic development, human rights and cross-LoC travel and trade.

With terrorists stepping up violence, a thick security blanket has been put in place for the Prime Minister's visit, the second in six months.