PDP attends all-party meet, separatists stay away
An all-party delegation led by Home Minister P Chidambaram commenced a series of meetings which will be also attended by PDP but without its chief Mehbooba Mufti while separatists are staying away. In pics: Parties push for peace | See cartoonindia Updated: Sep 20, 2010 16:31 IST
Seeking ways to defuse the three -month unrest in Kashmir Valley, an all-party delegation led by Home Minister P Chidambaram commenced a series of meetings which will be also attended by PDP but without its chief Mehbooba Mufti while separatists are staying away.
The 42-member team, which arrived here on a crucial two-day visit to assess the ground situation, was received by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as curfew remained clamped in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The death toll during violence and clashes in the last three months is now at 103.
PDP's Mehbooba Mufti will not be meeting the delegation which will have interaction with the main opposition party's General Secretary Mohd Dilawar Meer, who will be accompanied by 14 party members.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF will skip meeting the team but will submit a memorandum to it, JKLF chief Yasin Malik said.
"It is a creative memorandum. Hope it is taken in the right spirit and that the delegation understands the pulse of the people," Malik said.
Some members of the 42-member delegation are likely to call on hardline Hurriyat leader Sye Ali Shah Geelani at his Hyderpora residence here.
Though Geelani has officially refused to meet them, he said the delegation members will not be turned away if they decide to call on him at his house as they were guests.
Shortly after arrival, Chidambaram said each major political party in J and K has been allotted 15 minutes.
"It is very important that you use your 15 minutes to your best advantage," he said.
First Published: Sep 20, 2010 13:37 IST