Parties seek probe into JK civilian deaths

Written by: Devaki
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Srinagar, Jul 13: The all-party meeting convened in Jammu Kashmir on Monday, Jul 12 convened by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah finally decided to call for an independent inquiry into the death of civilians and also urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boost the 'internal and external dialogue'.

Omar Abdullah, during the conference, requested all political parties to help the restoration of peace and normality in the State, where the clashes have claimed the lives of 15 persons mostly in the riots between the security forces.

He said that the meeting had decided that an all-party delegation will call on the PM to draw his attention to various problems faced by the people of the state. He added that BPJ was not party to the demand for independent inquiry into the civilian deaths.

The meeting also expressed their distress at the death of its civilians and appealed to the State government to consider adequate relief for the families of the deceased.

The request to the Centre to 'boost internal dialogue' obviously referred to the peace-talks with the moderate Hurriyat conference and 'the external dialogue' meant the talks with Pakistan.

The meeting which lasted over four hours was attended by all the parties invited including the ruling National Conference, the Congress, BJP and CPI (M). The main opposition party PDP and Panthers Party, another regional outfit, stayed away from the meeting.

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