SRINAGAR: The all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday to discuss the situation prevailing in the Valley will be attended by all opposition parties, though their leaders said they don’t have much expectation from the meeting.
The meeting is to be held at 2pm at the SKICC. A PDP insider said that the agenda will revolve around “civilian unrest, killings, Kathua rape and murder, militancy, stone-pelting attacks and other such issues.”
National Conference general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told Kashmir Reader that his party will attend the meeting. He said the government has asked for a discussion on the prevailing situation and his party will listen to what the government has to say.
“The meeting has been called when the situation has reached a nadir. We will listen and, in case we are asked about our stand, we will tell them that civilian, political, and mysterious killings are at an all-time high. Militancy is also on the rise,” Sagar said.
J&K Congress president GA Mir said that his party will speak about the failure of “the state and central government” in dealing with the situation in the Valley.
“Three leaders from our party will go. The names will be decided tomorrow. They will speak of the failures of the state and central governments, and their hollow promises,” he said.
CPI (M) state general secretary and legislator Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said that he will pitch for an all-party delegation to be sent to the Prime Minster to ask for resumption of talks between Pakistan and India, as also with various dissenting voices in the Valley.
“My party is of the opinion that oppressive security structures should be withdrawn from civilian areas, AFSPA too. These two will be confidence-building measures,” Targami said, adding that this seemed to him to be the only way forward.
“If the government is willing to end the unrest, it should act, because it has the mandate. The government should have called this meeting earlier to discuss the issues of killings and youth picking up the gun,” Tarigami said, and added that the government’s failed policies had pushed the youth towards militancy.
He said he believes in the Government of India more than international institutions for the end of bloodshed in the Valley. He said the international institutions have failed and the solution to Kashmir can only come from GoI and Pakistan, no one else.
Independent legislator Er Rasheed said he, too, will attend the meeting. He said he will press for a consensus on the right to self-determination among all political parties.