All-party-meet Convened By Mehbooba To Push For ‘Ramadhan ceasefire’ in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, MAY 09: An all-party meeting underway at SKICC in Srinagar will push for a Ramadhan ceasefire’ proposal within the state and on the border with Pakistan, along the lines of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative in 2003, a media report said today.

The meeting, convened by Mehbooba Mufti, which began at 2 pm was called to discuss the security situation in the Valley. The holy month of Ramadhan will start in the third week of May, depending of the sighting of moon.

“The all-party meeting will discuss a Ramzan ceasefire along the lines of Vajpayee’s initiative to stop violence in Jammu and Kashmir,” ThePrint reported while quoting a source in the Jammu and Kashmir government.

“The basic idea is to make Ramzan as peaceful as possible and hopefully start a new dialogue,” the source added.

The meeting is expected to push for dialogue within and beyond the state — with Pakistan. Sources also said the political parties might send a joint memorandum to the Centre after the meeting.

The opposition National Conference has accepted the invitation from the chief minister and is sending a four-member delegation to the meeting.

“We are going to participate in the meeting. We have been told the meeting would discuss the present crisis across the Valley,” general secretary of NC Ali Mohammad Sagar said.

“We would raise important issues and the need for a dialogue,” he added.

Mehbooba Mufti has come under strong criticism after 16 people, including eight militants, seven civilians and a tourist were killed in separate incidents of violence in the past four days.

Expressing her condolences and concern, Mufti said that the state has been pushed deeper in a “vortex of gloom” and there is a need for a meaningful dialogue to improve the situation.

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