Omar meets PM, PC, discusses dialogue with separatists
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram during which a need for initiating an internal dialogue with separatists groups was discussed.
Omar began his day by meeting the Prime Minister during which he requested Singh to convene a high-level meeting to review the recommendations of the four working groups on Kashmir on internal confidence building measures, external confidence building measures, good governance and economic confidence building measures.
"I have requested the Prime Minister to begin the process and the recommendations of these working groups set up after the two Round Table Conferences, would help in ensuring better social, political and economic confidence building measures," he told reporters after the day-long meetings.
Asked whether there were any differences with Congress over the issue of Ladakh Lok Sabha seat, Omar said "the differences was a creation of the media. There is no truth in these reports."
He also brushed aside speculation that Rajya Sabha seat falling vacant following National Conference's President Farooq Abdullah's induction into the union cabinet would be given to separatist leader Sajjad Lone, who lost in Baramulla Lok Sabha poll. "I agree that the separatists need to come for talks but gifting seats will not lead to any good," he said.