Farooq urges PM Modi for talks with all stakeholders

Farooq_Abdullah2As Kashmir valley continues to witness unrest for over 100 days, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation in the state. Over 80 people, including two policemen, have been killed in the clashes between security forces and the local protestors following the encounter killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani in July.

During his meeting with the Prime Minister, the patriarch of principal opposition party – JK National Conference – stressed for an early dialogue with all the stakeholders who were willing to come to the table for negotiation so that the stalemate can end in the Valley.

Abdullah had been touring the state and has off-late held parleys with other opposition parties in the valley. In one of his meetings with the opposition leaders, he had urged Mehbooba Mufti government for the dialogue with the stakeholders.

Praising the Prime Minister after his meering, Farooq Abdullah said, “I am sure that the Prime Minister will urgently address all the issues that have been flagged by me and others from the state.”

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The former Chief Minister also said that National Conference has played the role of a constructive opposition party and would continue to do so.

“We are willing to do anything for the people of the state who have been victims of unrest for over three months now,” he said.

The former CM also apprised about the dent caused to education and industry sectors in the state due to the unrest.

“The education sector has suffered. Tourism industry, which is the mainstay of the economy, has been hit badly. The people living along the Line of Control and International Border are suffering. I have requested to take into consideration all these factors and make attempts to bring some relief to the people in the state,” he said.

“The meeting took place in the most cordial atmosphere and the Prime Minister was equally concerned about the situation in the state,” he said when press sought to know more about his meeting with PM Modi.

Earlier, a 26-MP delegation had visited the valley to take first-hand stock of the situation in the valley. Union Home minister Rajnath Singh too had made several visits to the state in the thick of fragile situation.