Kashmir violence: PM to meet JK parties on Aug 10

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Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Aug 7: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hopes to restore peace in the valley by meeting a delegation of all the parties from Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 10.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Aug 6 that the Prime Minister would be receiving the delegation from Jammu and Kashmir as there have been demands in this regard.

PMO sources revealed that the meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Aug 10.

Dr Singh is expected to discuss the current situation in the Valley and seek views of the political parties of the State on ways to restore peace in Kashmir.

This comes after the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called for an all-party meeting to address the issue of violence in the valley. However, it flopped as the Opposition PDP refused to attend despite several appeals from the State and the Centre.

PDP chief, Mehbooba Mufti had said the meeting should instead be called by the Prime Minister.

Besides this, the demand for a meeting to be called for by the Prime Minister came from various spheres.

Kashmir has been on the boil since Jun 2010 as civilians clash with security forces leading to scores of deaths.

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