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PDP postpones PAC meeting at least till Mar 29

Jammu and Kashmir's Peoples Democratic Party postpones its Political Affairs Committee meeting, which was scheduled for March 25.
None | By HT Correspondent, Jammu
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2007 11:05 PM IST

Jammu and Kashmir's coalition government ally Peoples Democratic Party has postponed its Political Affairs Committee meeting, which was scheduled for March 25.

This is a significant development after the meeting of PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday in New Delhi.

Mufti had received an invite from the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi to diffuse the internal bickering between the coalition partners Congress and PDP. The two parties are not seeing eye-to-eye over the issue of withdrawal of troops and the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Mufti's PDP feels that it is time appropriate to start the phased troop reduction from the Kashmir Valley and for the AFSPA, which accords extra special powers to the troops operating in the state. On the contrary Congress has held the stand that the level of violence in the state and infiltration from across the Line of Control, which divides the state between India and Pakistan, has not gone down considerably and it yet is not an appropriate time for the troop reduction.

According to PDP sources, the PAC meeting has put off at least till March 29 and it is only after the meeting that the party would make its stand public on whether to withdraw support from the government or continue.

After Mufti's meeting with the PM, chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that the coalition would last its full term.

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