Convene all-party meet: Mehbooba to Dr Farooq

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Srinagar

As the environment of speculation and panic prevails in Kashmir around the issue abrogation of article 35-A former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti on Monday requested Dr Farooq Abdullah urging him to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the current political situation of the state.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mehbooba wrote: “In light of recent developments that have caused a sense of panic amongst people in J&K, I’ve requested Dr Farooq Abdullah sahab to convene an all party meeting. Need of the hour is to come together & forge a united response. We the people of Kashmir need to stand up as one.”


The speculations have dominated the discourse in Kashmir over the past few days after the Centre decided to send an additional 100 companies of central armed paramilitary forces to the valley.

Earlier in a letter to all the zones in Srinagar, the city Police chief has asked them to provide details of the mosques which are in their respective jurisdictions.

On Saturday, a letter by a Railway Protection Force (RPF) official in Budgam asking employees to stock ration for at least four months and take other steps due to “forecast of the deteriorating situation” in the Kashmir Valley “for a long period” created a flutter.

The order issued mentions a series of precautionary measures for railway staff including sending back the families of security forces personnel to their native places.

“Staff should keep their pithu bags ready with sufficient amount of eatables, drinking water, chocolates, money for emergency purpose,” the order reads.

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