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Srinagar, Jun 27 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the state government and the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) will have to resolve the land transfer crisis amicably.

We have made some headway on the issue, Mr Azad said in a message on Srinagar Doordarshan here this afternoon.

Thousands of lives have been lost during the two-decade turmoil in the Kashmir valley without finding any solution to the issue, he said adding violence now will also not help to resolve any issue.

The Chief Minister said he had made it clear that no construction would be allowed on the land given to SASB.

I am glad Governor N N Vohra, who is also chairman of the SASB, also said that no construction would be made on the land.

The governor had said that there was no concrete structure on the land, Mr Azad said.

Expressing grief over the loss of human lives during the past five days of protests, he said, people should remain calm as this was not any big issue which could not be resolve amicably.

Mr Azad had recently announced that the issue would be discussed at an all-party meeting.

However, his coalition partners in the government, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and main opposition party the National Conference (NC) had already rejected the meeting.

The PDP has threatned to withdraw from the government if the land order was not revoked.

The Action Committee Against Land Transfer (ACLT) headed by advocate Mian Abdul Qayoum also rejected the all-party meet.

The ACLT was formed jointly by the both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC).

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