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Mehbooba urges Farooq Abdullah to convene all-party meet, latter says let’s do it

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Srinagar, Jul 29: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday asked NC president Farooq Abdullah to convene an all-party meeting in Jammu and Kashmir to discuss the prevailing situation.

Kashmir on Monday remained on the edge as fresh orders issued by state administration officials stoked speculations about the possibility of the BJP-led government at the Centre taking a major decision with regard to the special status of the state.

“In light of recent developments that have caused a sense of panic amongst people in J&K, I’ve requested Dr Farooq Abdullah sahab to convene an all party meeting. Need of the hour is to come together & forge a united response. We the people of Kashmir need to stand up as one (sic),” Mufti wrote on Twitter.

Following Mufti’s request, Farooq Abdullah said that they were calling an all-party meeting within two or three days to discuss the issue.

“I am presently in Delhi and am in touch with other leaders and we will accordingly decide about the date (for calling all-party meeting),” a local news agency quoted Abdullah as saying from New Delhi when asked to react over Mehbooba’s statement.

“There is panic (in Kashmir) as one lakh soldiers have been called which is not a joke. On one hand government claims situation is normal, Yatra is going on smoothly and tourists are coming while on the other they are deploying more forces and have kept Masjids under scrutiny,” the NC chief said.

While taking a jibe at Center’s decision to keep the management committees of the Majsids under watch, he said, “They (government) are not keeping an eye on gurdwaras, temples or churches, but why Masjids are being singled out. This is a serious issue as Masjids are for prayers. This is a serious issue and that is why we are calling the meeting.”

Asked to comment on the speculations regarding revocation of Article 35A and Article 370, he said, “They (Center) say one thing and do other. We don’t trust them (New Delhi). We have to discuss it and remain ready to face it.”

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