In the all party meeting, the prime minister Narendra Modi, has said that there cannot be any ‘compromise’ on national security and the leaders have to win the confidence of people in Jammu and Kashmir.
This closed door meeting was held in New Delhi on Friday, with all parties to discuss the unrest in Kashmir, which is reeling under curfew and restrictions from last 35 days following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani and the death of at least 59 civilians by the state forces.
As per New Delhi based newspapers, PM Modi has said India should reach out to the people of Pakistan administered Kashmir living in various parts of the world. The remarks came in response to the Samajwadi Party’s demand for a discussion on PaK. Congress’ Karan Singh has said PaK is an integral part of India.
“The government informed the parties that it is working on a Rs 80,000-crore development package for Kashmir,” reported a newspaper.
The main opposition party in J&K, National Conference did not attend the meeting. The union home minister Rajnath Singh had informed in the meeting that NC leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, couldn’t attend the meeting “due to the paucity of time.”
Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has said the government had received from the United Nations Human Rights Commission a letter seeking a visit to India.
“India’s stated policy has been not to allow any country, even the UN, to interfere, Swaraj said. All parties supported her,” reported the newspaper.
The government’s move to hold the all-party meeting was aimed at blunting the criticism by opposition parties in Parliament, who demanded that an all-party delegation be sent to Kashmir.
But at the meeting, only a few leaders, including AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi and the CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, supported the idea of sending an all-party delegation to the state.
Newspaper also reported that the union home minister Singh has assured that suggestions of all parties will be considered to end the unrest, CPI(M) general secretary Yechury said that a system of trust must be built between the Kashmiris and the government. He also stressed that the AFSPA needed to be withdrawn from all civilian areas in the region. He added that talks need to happen between all stakeholders as it has in the past. The Home Ministry has promised to take all suggestions on board,he added.
Earlier today, the Kashmir resolution was adopted by the government and an all-party meeting was called for. The members of Parliament had expressed serious concern over the prolonged curfew, violence and loss of lives in the state.