Curfew lifted across Kashmir

Written by: Devaki
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Srinagar, Jul 12: The authorities lifted the curfew across Kashmir Valley on Sunday, Jul 11 making a step ahead to peace.

Jammu Kashmir police said that no incidents were reported across Kashmir Valley except some small-scale protests in some Srinagar neighbourhoods. Farooq Ahmad said that the orders restricting four or more people from gathering in public remained in force in some areas including the town of Pulwama, Anantnag and Baramulla. They had to enforce similar restrictions in some neighbourhoods of Srinagar including Maisuma, Batamaloo and Nowhatta regions on Sunday, Jul 11.

Achieving a cross-party unanimity on how to deal with the clashes between security forces and protesters still remains subtle.

Mehbooba Mufti, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader declined Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's request to participate in the all-party meeting convened by the State government to discuss about the clashes and security measures. She said that the dialogue initiated by the Prime Minister would be 'taken seriously by the people'. She also demanded lifting of 'curbs' on the media, withdrawal of the Army and an end to the 'crackdown'.

The all-party meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, Jul 12.

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