An all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the prevailing situation in Kashmir is underway in the national capital. Political parties are hopeful that a way-out will emerge and peace will return to the Valley, which is on the boil since Hizbul Mujahideen Posterboy Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8.
The meet was held right after the Lok Sabha adopted a resolution on the Kashmir situation, appealing for urgent steps to restore order and peace in the valley while asserting that there can be no compromise with the country's integrity and security. In the resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the House appealed to all sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir to restore the confidence among the people in general and youth in particular.
The House "conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation," it said. Amid thumping of desks by members from all sides, the resolution asserted that the House "is of the firm and considered view that there cannot be any compromise on unity, integrity and national security.
Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by a joint team of the special operations group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and 19 Rashtriya Rifles at Bumdoora village in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on July 8. The all party meet chaired by Modi is likely to stress on a dialogue with all stakeholders including exploring possibilities of opening up of communication channels with the separatist in a bid to contain the ongoing turbulence in the Valley.
"Everybody will come, hold discussions and put forward their views. But, the situation in Kashmir is grime, curfew has been imposed for over 30 days, people are defying it and coming out on the streets. Besides, there are attacks on our jawans,” Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said before attending the meet. The Opposition had been relentlessly attacking Modi for failing to make any statement on the ongoing Kashmir unrest in the Parliament till date.
"Prime Minister Modi tweets on events across the world, but he was silent on Kashmir crisis. When something happens in Africa, the Prime Minister tweets about it. But when the Taj of India is burning, the heat is not reaching the central government," Leader of Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad had said on Wednesday. The Congress leader had said that an All Party Delegation needs to be formed to be sent to J&K and that it should be announced in the Parliament.