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J&K CM invites separatists for talks at all-party meet

Mehbooba, underlined that she was inviting them for talks as the president of PDP

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Publish Date: Sep 4 2016 8:14AM | Updated Date: Sep 4 2016 2:51PM

J&K CM invites separatists for talks at all-party meet

A day ahead of the all-party delegation visit to Jammu & Kashmir, CM Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday invited separatists for talks to resolve the Kashmir conflict.

 

Reaching out formally to the separatists through a letter, Mehbooba asked JKLF, the three Hurriyat factions, National Front and Jamaat-e-Islami to come, while 30 member all-party delegation will meet.

 

She said that she represented both the government and the people and wants to work while keeping everyone in mind.

 

"Cutting across party lines, the country's political leadership has reached out and it is for us to collectively lend it credence and credibility," she wrote in her letter of invitation.

 

Copies of the letters were sent to Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Mohd Yasin Malik, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Hassan, Naeem Ahmad Khan and others.

 

Mehbooba, however, underlined that she was inviting them for talks as the president of PDP and to solve the issue of Kashmir unrest.

 

"My party has always believed that the Hurriyat Conference is a stakeholder in the peace and prosperity of the state," she wrote.

 

She hopes that the separatists would accept her offer and indicate a time and place of their convenience for an exchange of ideas with the delegation.