JAMMU: The All Party Meeting (APM) on Kashmir situation convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called for making an appeal to the Centre to consider unilateral ceasefire in the Valley on pious occasions of Ramadhan, Eid and Shri Amarnath Ji yatra like Atal Behari Vajpayee did in 2000 and implementation of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ reached between the PDP and BJP at the time of formation of the Government.
Major Opposition, the National Conference, however, remained non-committal on sending all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying they would consult their leader (Omar Abdullah), who was on tour of Ladakh region, before conveying their decision, the Excelsior has reported.
On the other, the BJP called for taking strict action against the youths, who have again taken to stone pelting after availing one-time amnesty as it called for holding elections to Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats to empower the people, which, it said, was part of the `Agenda of Alliance’.
The meeting held at SKICC Srinagar lasted four and a half hours.
“Everyone agreed that we must appeal Centre that Government must think about a unilateral ceasefire on Ramadhan, Eid and Amarnath Ji pilgrimage like (Atal Behari) Vajpayee Ji did in 2000. Encounters and crackdowns are causing trouble to common man. Efforts must be made to maintain environment so that both Eid and Yatra are peaceful,” Mehbooba told reporters after the meeting. She was flanked by Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and other PDP Ministers.
It may be recalled that Vajpayee as a head of NDA Government in 2000 had announced unilateral ceasefire but had to withdraw it after some time as it wasn’t responded well by the militants.
“Everyone also agreed that we should meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and express our concerns on how do we reach to the people in the context of his (the Prime Minister’s) August 15 statement to embrace the people of Kashmir,” Mehbooba said, adding that it was common man, who was suffering due to encounters and crackdowns and it would be good if some steps are taken during Ramadhan, Eid and Amarnath yatra.
Earlier, speaking to All Party Meeting, Mehbooba termed peace as the ultimate yearning of every section of society in the State. She appealed all shades of opinion in joining this mission to get the State out of violence and bloodshed. Chief Minister asked all shades of political opinion to rise above party politics and play their role in giving youth of the State a safe and secure future. “This is the concern of all of us because in peace lie the stakes of every section of society for which we all should strive jointly”, she said in her address.