J&K oppn parties to approach Prez

J&K oppn parties to approach Prez

J&K oppn parties to approach Prez

Amid the worsening law and order situation, the Opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday decided to approach President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of the situation in the Valley.

The Opposition parties, which met in Srinagar, passed a resolution demanding a probe into the civilian killings by a retired Supreme Court judge, stopping use of pellet guns on protesters and calling a special Assembly session.

The meeting, organised by former Chief Minister and working president of National Conference (NC), Omar Abdullah, was attended by Congress, the CPM and several smaller partiers and independent MLAs.

“We have decided to seek time from the President to apprise him of the ground situation in Kashmir. We will try to persuade the (Union) government to take steps that will at least help in improving the situation in the Valley,” Omar told reporters after the meeting.

He said a delegation of Opposition parties will go to Delhi to press for a dialogue with all stakeholders. Blaming Pakistan for everything that goes wrong in Kashmir was not the right approach, he added.

Mehbooba factor

To a question whether Opposition would demand Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation, the NC leader said the situation does not demand shifting of power “but stopping killings of civilians.”

“The fate of the government will be decided in people’s court later,” he said. The former chief minister also said that they would push for a probe by retired Supreme Court judge into the killings by security forces in the last  month.

“Mehbooba Mufti in her speech on August 15 said that some elements in security set-up did not follow her instructions. So this is an opportune time for a judicial inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court judge,” Omar said.

Earlier, the meeting which lasted for several hours, passed a resolution urging Central government led by BJP to start a political dialogue with Pakistan over resolution of Kashmir issue.

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