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Azad appeals to parties to participate in Srinagar roundtable

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Jammu, Mar 28 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad appealed to all political parties to participate in the roundtable conference while speaking on the discussion on "peace process" in the Legislative Council here today.

Appreciating the major shift in the policy and attitude of Pakistan towards the Kashmir issue Mr Azad said it was a success for all who were concerned with the Kashmir situation, adding that the Srinagar roundtable conference would be a golden opportunity for achieving everlasting peace in the valley.

Mr Azad hailed the initiatives taken by the UPA government under the leadership of AICC chairman Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He said effective CBMs initiated by the Prime Minister had melted the rigidity in the minds of the people and have paved the way for interaction and dialogue.

''Time has come to end violence in all forms which has made every individual, including the leaders as prisoners of an abnormal situation," he said adding that the turmoil lasting for 16 years have created a group of people with vested interests, eager to keep the pot of violence boiling. He also said that the percentage of such people have reduced considerably.

Terming the Srinagar roundtable conference as a historic opportunity to workout all issues, he said that all the parties were equally important for the dialogue process. "I had a detailed meeting with the Prime Minister on the next roundtable conference to be held in Srinagar," he added.

Dignitaries including Prof Bhim Singh, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Bilal Ahmad Lodhi, Abdul Gani Vakil, Abdul Rehman Tukroo, P Namgyal and Farida Mir participated in the discussion.

UNI HGV PG LR DB2226 Azad appeals to groups to participate in Srinagar roundtable Jammu, Mar 28 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad appealed to all political parties, to participate in the roundtable conference while speaking on the discussion on "peace process" in the Legislative Council here today.

Appreciating the major shift in the policy and attitude of Pakistan towards the Kashmir issue Mr Azad said it was a success for all who were concerned with the Kashmir situation adding that the Srinagar roundtable conference would be a golden opportunity for achieving everlasting peace in the valley.

Mr Azad hailed the initiatives taken by the UPA Government under the leadership of AICC chairman Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He said effective CBMs initiated by the Prime Minister had melted the rigidity in the minds of the people and have paved the way for interaction and dialogue.

''Time has come to end violence in all forms which has made every individual, including the leaders as prisoners of an abnormal situation," he said adding that the turmoil lasting for 16 years have created a group of people with vested interests, eager to keep the pot of violence boiling. He also said that the percentage of such people have reduced considerably.

Terming the Srinagar roundtable confermence as a historic opportunity to workout all issues, he said that all the parties were equally important for the dialogue process. "I had a detailed meeting with the Prime Minister on the next roundtable conference to be held in Srinagar," he added.

Dignitaries including Prof Bhim Singh, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Bilal Ahmad Lodhi, Abdul Gani Vakil, Abdul Rehman Tukroo, P Namgyal and Farida Mir participated in the discussion.

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