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Amarnath row: All-party meet offers no solution

August 12, 2008 14:09 IST
Last Updated: August 12, 2008 15:06 IST


With no solution in sight, the Centre on Tuesday continued to grapple with the Amarnath land row as leaders of the all-party delegation failed to hammer out any formula to resolve the controversy.

Kashmir: Seven protestors killed in police firing

The meeting chaired by Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images] saw leaders from various political parties airing different views for over three hours, delaying a consensus on the vexed issue, sources said.

The initial part of the meeting was devoted to recent developments in the Kashmir Valley where nine people, including a separatist leader Abdul Aziz Sheikh, were killed in police firing while taking out a march to Muzzafarabad.

'J&K unrest is the handiwork of politicians'

The leaders attending Tuesday's meet made a strong demand for inviting leaders of the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti, spearheading the agitation in Jammu, to the negotiation table.

A similar exercise on Monday had failed to hammer out a solution. The meeting was a prelude to another all-party meeting, which is likely to be convened on Wednesday by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images].

At the meeting, BJP leader Arun Jaitley again demanded implementation of the Jammu and Kashmir [Images] High Court's order on the Amarnath issue.

Jammu is not for burning

Jaitley and former state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah left the meeting mid-way.

After the all-party meeting, Patil had a separate discussion with former Chief Minister Ghulam [Images] Nabi Azad. Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and Director of Intelligence Bureau P C Haldar were also present.

The meeting was held to prepare documents for an all-party meet likely to be convened by the prime minister. A package for the victims of the police firing -- both in Jammu and Kashmir -- may be worked out besides compensation for those who have suffered for the ongoing agitation.

Pix: In Jammu, a tangled tale is written in blood   

The Home Minister, who had led an all-party delegation to Jammu and Srinagar [Images] over the weekend, had announced compensation to the victims.

Tuesday's meeting was also attended among others by Raghuvansh Prasad, Saif-ud-din Soz and Prithviraj Chavan, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Amar Singh [Images] and D Raja. People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti could not attend the meeting as she is under house arrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Srinagar and its adjoining areas have been placed under curfew after Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz (60) and three others were killed and hundreds of people injured in Monday's police firing.

The protestors comprising fruit growers and separatists were marching towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir capital Muzaffarabad against the 'economic blockade'.


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