Omar Abdullah-led J&K Opposition delegation calls on Modi

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A delegation of Opposition parties, led by the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking an immediate ban on pellet guns and his intervention in ending the unrest in the State.

The delegation — comprising a seven-member team of State Congress, led by its PCC chief G.A. Mir, CPI(M) MLA M.Y. Tarigami, an eight-member team of the National Conference, including its provincial chiefs Nasir Wani and Davinder Rana — has been in the national capital for the past three days.

The delegation submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, expressing its anguish, grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the Valley. It also expressed its “dismay at the lack of a political approach to deal with the situation.”

They also highlighted the alleged failure of the PDP-BJP government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, saying that she should stop dealing with the situation administratively since it was causing disaffection, especially among the youth.

“We are of the firm opinion that the Central government should waste no further time in initiating a credible and meaningful political dialogue with all stakeholders to address the unrest in the state,” the memorandum said.

The delegation said that “continued failure to address the unrest in Kashmir will further deepen the sense of alienation” and hoped that the Prime Minister “will take immediate measures to address this grave situation.”

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