The all-party meeting convened by Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday will push for a “Ramzan ceasefire” proposal within the state and across the border with Pakistan, along the lines of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative in 2003, a media report claimed.
The meeting, which is underway at the time of the filing of this report, was called to discuss the security situation in the Valley. The holy month of Ramzan is to start from 17 May, subject to the sighting of the moon.
“The all-party meeting will discuss a Ramzan ceasefire along the lines of Vajpayee’s initiative to stop violence in Jammu and Kashmir,” a source in the Jammu and Kashmir government was quoted as saying by ThePrint.
“The basic idea is to make Ramzan as peaceful as possible and hopefully start a new dialogue,” the source added.
The meeting is expected to push for dialogue within and beyond the state — with Pakistan. Sources also said the political parties might send a joint memorandum to the Centre after the meeting.
The opposition National Conference has accepted the invitation from the chief minister and is sending a four-member delegation to the meeting.
“We are going to participate in the meeting. We have been told the meeting would discuss the present crisis across the Valley,” general secretary of NC Ali Mohammad Sagar said.
“We would raise important issues and the need for a dialogue,” he added.
Mehbooba Mufti has come under strong criticism after 16 people, including eight militants, seven residents and a tourist were killed in separate incidents of violence in the past four days.
Expressing her condolences and concern, Mufti said that the state has been pushed deeper in a “vortex of gloom” and there is a need for a meaningful dialogue to improve the situation.