Centre should consider ceasefire in J&K from Ramzan: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR, MAY 9: The Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir starting from Ramzan in mid May till the completion of the Amarnath Yatra in August, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said here today.
She made the remarks after chairing a four-hour all-party meeting, which was convened to discuss the present situation in the Kashmir Valley especially after a tourist from Chennai died due to stone pelting on May 7.
Terming peace as the ultimate yearning of every section of society in the State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today appealed to all shades of opinion to join this mission and to get the State out of violence and bloodshed.
The 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.
Mehbooba Mufti underscored the need for apprising the national leadership and people of the country of the urgent need to reach out to the people of the State and listen to their story of pain and sufferings. She suggested constitution of an All Party Delegation to meet the Prime Minister and apprise the national leadership about the pain and sufferings of the people and take appropriate measures to minimize the same.
Terming Agenda of Alliance (AoA) as a visionary document, Mehbooba Mufti said the need of the hour is to go back to the document and seek its immediate implementation which she said holds key to the problems and issues confronting the State.
Later talking to media persons about the meeting, the Chief Minister said it was satisfying to note that all participants were unanimously concerned about the unending cycle of violence in the State and wished its immediate end. Equally encouraging, she added, was that the participants wanted implementation of the Agenda of Alliance which they believed would positively change the situation in the State.
The meeting, the Chief Minister said, also suggested appealing the Centre to announce a unilateral cessation of hostilities in view of the coming month of Ramadhan and Amarnath Yatra to extend relief to common masses. She said suggestion during the meeting also came of constituting an All Parties Delegation (APD) to apprise the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi of the emerging challenges in Jammu & Kashmir and the urgent need to reach out to people in the light of his last Independence Day speech.
Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta also addressed the meeting and stressed on close cooperation between Government and opposition in tackling issues confronting the State.
The meeting was attended by Ministers, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Naeem Akhtar, Sat Sharma and leaders of all political parties in the State.
Meanwhile Works Minister and the government spokesman Naeem Akhtar on Wednesday said that the general feeling among the participants in all-party meet underway at SKICC in Srinagar is that there should be a political outreach on Kashmir.
“The general feeling is that there should be a political outreach on Kashmir,” Akhtar told reporters at the SKICC. He said that almost all the participants mentioned the ‘agenda of alliance’ and the deficiencies in its implementation.
Akhtar said that the participants also called for the national leadership to take a leaf out of Vajpayee’s 2002 initiatives.
The meeting has been called to discuss the security situation in the wake of recent militant and civilian killings in the Valley, especially south Kashmir.