Kashmir crisis: Omar Abdullah to meet Manmohan Singh

Written by: Nairita Das
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New Delhi/Srinagar, Sep 8 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will meet Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Wednesday evening and reportedly discuss ways to end the current impasse in the Kashmir valley.

It has been reported that Abdullah will brief Dr Singh and his senior cabinet colleagues on the situation in the Valley and suggest measures to break the deadlock.

Earlier on Monday talking to reporters after holding a public rally at Bhalwal village near Jammu, Abdullah said Jammu and Kashmir problem requires a unique solution, as the accession of the State with India was in different and unique circumstances than that of other States of the country.

"We are trying that all issues be resolved through dialogue. Centre has also brought this on record-both in the Parliament and outside it that dialogue should be initiated in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir requires a unique solution as the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the country was in extremely unique circumstances," said Abdullah.

"India was in different and unique circumstances then that of other states of the country. Geelani has put forth some issues, Give the Centre a chance as they are examining these issues and they will respond accordingly. I am hoping that the response should be of the kind which can improve the situation," he added.

When asked about his recent statement on revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Abdullah said: "I have not said any such thing. I have said we are thinking on it and we are discussing the issue with Centre. We have got two options with us.

"First is that the harsh side of AFSPA be subdued. Second option with us is that where there is hardly any impact of militancy and where the role of Army is not required from those areas AFSPA can be removed in a phased manner. For which we are working for identifying some districts of Jammu and Kashmir," he added.

Meanwhile, curfew continued in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar city for the second day today while it was extended to two towns in Anantnag district following violent clashes between protestors and security forces in these areas.

Police has also imposed restrictions on the movement of people in nine districts of the Valley as a precautionary measure.

It has been reported that four persons were injured in late night clashes between security forces and stone-pelting mobs in Batmaloo, Karan Nagar and Chota Bazaar area of the city.

Over sixty-nine people have been killed in the ongoing unrest in the Valley till date. (ANI)

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