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Need to insulate Indo-Pak dialogue process: Omar Abdullah

Abdullah said it did not matter as to where the talks took place but “at least the process has been restarted”.

Omar Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday warned that attempts would be made to derail the dialogue process between India and Pakistan and said there was a need to thwart any such challenges by “insulating” the talks.He also asserted that Jammu and Kashmir was a party to the talks and urged the Narendra Modi government to start a dialogue with the state “the way it has started with Pakistan”.”What we will have to do most is to insulate this dialogue because many attempts will be made to derail this process. Many attempts will be made to make this dialogue unsuccessful.Our endeavour should be to make all such attempts unsuccessful,” Abdullah told reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Conference (NC) working president was talking to reporters after inaugurating the renovated headquarters of the party which was damaged during the floods last year and in a fire incident. Abdullah said it did not matter as to where the talks took place but “at least the process has been restarted”. “It is good that talks have restarted. I have no objection that we had to talk in a third country. It’s okay that we held talks in Bangkok and not in Delhi or Islamabad. At least the process of dialogue has been started,” he said.”Our Foreign Minister visited Islamabad and talks were restarted there. There was an announcement of holding a comprehensive dialogue. Now, we will wait for the shaping up of this comprehensive dialogue,” he added. The former chief minister said Jammu and Kashmir is a party to talks even if India and Pakistan would not make it a party on their own. “We are already a party. We are a party to this issue since this issue is there…We want dialogue,” he said.He said the Kashmir issue could be resolved only when there are talks on its internal and external dimensions. “I will not get into whether this has to be a tripartite or bipartite dialogue. There are two parts of Jammu and Kashmir issue one is internal between New Delhi and the state and the other external between New Delhi and Islamabad. This issue can be resolved only when there are talks on both the tracks.”Right now the dialogue is on a single track and the talks have been started between New Delhi and Islamabad, but the talks between New Delhi and the state are also important. We are not seeing any development on that,” he said. Abdullah said “we will request and will be hopeful of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s government to have talks with Jammu and Kashmir the way the government has started talks with Pakistan”.

FTII deadlock: Talks fail to lead to breakthrough

We had fairly elaborate discussions with the Secretary of I&B Ministry and briefed them on the issues, said Vikas Urs, spokesperson of FTII students

Discussed unfair appointments in the FTII society, says Vikas Urs. (File Photo)

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A fresh round of talks on Wednesday between I&B officials and striking FTII students failed to resolve the over 100-day deadlock with the students insisting on their demand for removal of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the Pune-based institute’s chairman. Both sides, however, agreed to take forward the talks and agreed to meet again on October 10. “The main demand of removal Chauhan as FTII chairman and the dissolution of its society are still not resolved and these would be discussed during the next round of talks on October 10, Vikas Urs, spokesperson of FTII students, told reporters after the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora led the parleys held at the Films Division office here,also attended by Joint Secretary (Films) K Sanjay Murthy, Director General of Films Division Mukesh Sharma, FTII Director Prashant Pathrabe and registrar UC Bodke. Apart from seven students, the Film and Television Institute of India’s (FTII) alumni association representative Aruna Raje was also invited for the talks. Urs said, “We had fairly elaborate discussions with the Secretary of I&B Ministry and briefed them on the issues, including the unfair appointments in the FTII society and its nature of functioning that have led to the current crisis on the campus. We also discussed the urgent need of transforming the FTII society into an internationally acclaimed institution. But, the meeting was inconclusive. However, we are very much hopeful that something would come out extremely positive on October 10 when we will be meeting the same delegation here, he said.””When we would have the next round of talks, these demands would be on top of the agenda,” he said.

Has Hurriyat emerged as the sole winner after NSA-level talks fiasco?

In what is being viewed as melodramatic escape by Pakistan instead of entering into a meaningful dialogue with India by some, cancellation of National Security Advisor-level (NSA) talks on Saturday has also prompted several political observers to look at the other side of the coin.

In what is being viewed as melodramatic escape by Pakistan instead of entering into a meaningful dialogue with India by some, cancellation of National Security Advisor-level (NSA) talks on Saturday has also prompted several political observers to look at the other side of the coin.With both nations trying to play hardball, arguments insisting that the ensuing fiasco has made Hurriyat more relevant than ever before have also cropped up.High drama summed up climax of cancellation of talksBoth the neighbour countries decided to hold talks on August 23 and August 24 following a decision taken by two respective Prime Ministers on July 10 in the Russian city of Ufa.However, high drama summed up the climax of cancellation as the neighbour country accused India’s insistence to introduce conditionalities and restrict the agenda for the dialogue as their ‘lack of seriousness to meaningfully engage with Pakistan’. While on the other hand, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj baton charged Pakistan by seeking an assurance from them that the talks will only revolve around ‘terror’ and the NSA will not meet Hurriyat.”In the spirit of the Shimla agreement don’t make the Hurriyat or any third party part of the talks. And in the spirit of the Ufa agreement, don’t discuss anything but terrorism,” Swaraj said during a press conference held on Saturday afternoon. Foreign Minister’s statements, as per some, turned out to be a face-saver for Indian diplomatic community.When long-standing Kashmir issue gained spotlight againLast month, Hurriyat leadership expressed a deep shock after Pakistan did not mention Kashmir during the UFA meet. Hurriyat stalwart Syed Ali Geelani decided not to attend Eid Milan organised by Pakistan High Commission in Delhi as an act of protest following which, seemingly, the Pakistani state, which refers to Hurriyat as the legitimate representatives of Kashmir, called for talks.From protesting against the non-inclusion of K-word for being marginalised during the Ufa meet to ‘hijacking’ the bilateral dialogue within a month, it is likely imperative that Hurriyat has gained a lot of attention from NSA fiasco that resulted into the suspension of talks between two arch rival nations.Hurriyat’s position as a stakeholder in Kashmir has only been strenghtened after this episode, says Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a political commentator . “The refusal to discuss Kashmir and involve Hurriyat in the talks only works against the interests of any dialogue between the two countries. It only elevates the Hurriyat leader and further highlights the long standing Kashmir issue,” Hussain, who teaches international law at Central University of Kashmir, points out.Officials from both nations trying hard to clear the air about fiascoAn official spokesperson in the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that it has been a long-standing practice that whenever Pakistani leaders visited India during the past twenty years, they have been meeting Hurriyat leaders. “It would be inappropriate for India to now impose the condition of changing this longstanding practice,” the official statement released by the neigbour country said.However, BJP spokesperson Khalid Jahengir, rebutted the statement saying, “This is for the first time that Hurriyat has been kept out of the issue and it is a welcome move. Talks should go on only bilaterally.” Stating that the Hurriyat did not receive any importance from the failure of talks, BJP’s media advisor in Kashmir Altaf Thakur claimed that Hurriyat has no ‘right’ to get involved in the talks as they do not represent people of Kashmir. “Instead ,the non inclusion of Hurriyat leaders has sent a message to the world that there is a strong government at the centre which can not fall prey to Pakistan’s diktat,” Thakur stated adding that the talks can be postponed.Was the matter blown out of proportion?At this time, both the countries, experts and observers in Kashmir say, should be more sincere to each other rather than act detrimental to the dialogue and instead build consensus on not only terrorism but ceasefire violation across the LoC for which both of them have to address Kashmir sooner or later.Political analyst Noor Ahmad Baba believes that the Indian side is caught in its own ‘rhetoric’. “It is important its for Indian state get over rhetoric to hold a dialogue at this point. The main thing at this juncture is to end the stalemate between the two nations,” Baba, a professor of Political Science opines.Commenting further in this regard, Former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah also tweeted, “Whose idea was it to make such a big deal of the Hurriyat-Pak chat? These were such non-events before this Govt blew them out of proportion!” The escalations at the border and heavy losses incurred by people from both the sides, both nations felt an immediate need to hold talks reduce ‘tensions and restore trust’ to move towards normalization. Expressing disappointment over abrupt cancellation of bilateral meeting, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed said for a sensitive border state like J&K, peace and stability on both the internal and the external fronts, are of critical significance to normalcy and development. “Escalation of firing along the Line of Control (LoC), coupled with incidents of terrorism, are matters of serious concern to us here, as much as they are in the rest of the country,” he stated.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

NSA talks cancelled: Jammu & Kashmir CM Mufti disappointed; separatists put blame on Centre

Sayeed expressed disappointment and hoped that “the break in talks would be temporary”.
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed on Sunday expressed disappointment over cancellation of India-Pakistan NSA talks while his predecessor Farooq Abdullah put the blame on separatists who in turn accused India for the development.Abdullah’s son and another former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, while expressing disappointment over the development, said he expected this to be the fate of the proposed talks going by last year’s experience when India cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks over Hurriyat issue.Sayeed expressed disappointment and hoped that “the break in talks would be temporary”. He had a veiled advice for Pakistan and separatists too, saying “It is neither warranted nor desirable to insist upon all-inclusive participation, directly or indirectly, in each and every bilateral meeting, like that between the two NSAs.” Hoping that India and Pakistan will “re-engage soon in a meaningful dialogue” and steps taken by New Delhi to remove impediments in normalization of relations will be reciprocated by Islamabad, Sayeed said he wants to see both the countries “walk the bridge of trust together”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farooq Abdullah termed the cancellation of talks as unfortunate and blamed separatist leaders for the breakdown. “These self-claimed champions of Kashmiris should have shown some courage and backed off themselves. What was the hurry? The Hurriyat and other separatists receive funds from Pakistan. Their viewpoint is already reflected by Pakistan,” he said.”What point does it serve them to show their presence at reception? They could have easily avoided that,” he added.Omar told PTI, “(I am) very disappointed at the turn of events.” He said he was worried about this from the time when Foreign Secretary level talks were cancelled last year on the same issue. While this was expected seeing the turn of events, nevertheless that “doesn’t make the sense of disappointment any less acute”, he added.Moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said calling off of the talks was unfortunate.”Yet another opportunity lost by both the countries to engage with each other. The last nail in the coffin was put by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj when she made it clear that there will not be any talks on Kashmir. Instead of moving forward, we are only moving backwards,” he said.He regretted that the BJP had assured, along with its ally PDP, that they would talk to all shades of opinion. “I think there is a lot of difference in what they say and what they do,” the Hurriyat leader said. He hoped a better sense will prevail and the government will discuss Kashmir with Kashmiris.Another separatist leader Shabir Shah, who continues to be under house arrest at the guest house in South Delhi, said he was disappointed that the talks had been cancelled.”I wish the government had not put any conditions to Pakistan ahead of talks,” he said.Hardline Hurriyat Conference, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, also termed the cancellation of NSA talks as unfortunate but said “at the end of the day, it is a diplomatic victory for us as well as Pakistan”.Ayaz Akbar, the spokesman for the hardline group, said, “A message has gone to the world that Kashmir issue is not a bilateral territorial dispute between India and Pakistan and that people of Jammu and Kashmir are the principal party to it. The fanatic approach adopted by government is not practicable. How long will New Delhi pursue this policy?” CPM leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami said the development was a “huge disappointment” for all those who want the peace process to be strengthened. “The cancellation of talks has only helped the fundamentalist and extremists on both sides,” he said.He appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif not to fall prey to “domestic sectarian compulsions” and resume a composite dialogue so that the dangers ahead are resisted together.

Cancellation of talks by Pakistan is unfortunate: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Cancellation of NSA talks by Pakistan is “unfortunate”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Sunday and made it clear that the possibility of any future dialogue will depend on the neighbour.

Cancellation of NSA talks by Pakistan is “unfortunate”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Sunday and made it clear that the possibility of any future dialogue will depend on the neighbour.He underlined that India stands for dialogue and cordial relationship with Pakistan, a day after the talks between NSA Ajit Doval and his counterpart Sartaj Aziz were called off.”The cancellation of NSA-lvel talks between India and Pakistan is unfortunate. India is in favour of dialogue,” Singh said on the sidelines of a function at Sanskrit Vidyapeeth here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Pakistan blaming India for cancellation of talks, the Home Minister said, “It is Pakistan which has cancelled the talks and not India.”He said that India has always been of the view of maintaining good and cordial relationship with the nighbours and its efforts would continue.”But Pakistan should not have deviated from the agenda decided during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (in Ufa in July),” he said.On Pakistan’s criticism of India’s objections to Aziz’s meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders, Singh said, “the thing was that there will be no third party in NSA-level talks. It was only NSA level talk. There was nothing like that others too will hold talks before, later or in between.” The Union Minister said Pakistan should have held talks as per pre-decided agenda.On Pakistan’s claim that Kashmir was the main agenda, the Home Minister said, “then why was it not decided earlier that when it would be part of NSA level talks? It was never an issue on agenda.”India has maintained that terror was the only agenda on the talks between the two NSAs.Asked about possibility of any dialogue in future, Singh said, “go and ask Pakistan, how can I reply to it.”

Indo-Pak NSA talks: NCP believes it would have helped eradicate terror

“Had the talks taken place today, it would have helped both the countries and the whole Asian region for peace and progress,” NCP leader Majeed Memon said.

File Photo of Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Memon

Expressing its disappointment over the suspension of India-Pakistan dialogue, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday said that the talks would have helped both the nations by eradicating terror. “Had the talks taken place today, it would have helped both the countries and the whole Asian region for peace and progress, but in order to secure peace the terror must go,” said NCP leader Majeed Memon. “For eradicating terror it was important that both countries should come to some kind of understanding,” he added. Memon further said that the NSA-level talks had to be called-off for various reasons. “The circumstances developing in last few hours before the talks were such that the tension mounted, with both sides remaining stubborn on their stands,” he said. “As far as India is concerned we have enough evidences against Pakistan to demonstrate before the world that what we say appears to be the truth and what Pakistan is saying is a half truth or fabricated situation,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan called off the NSA-level talks with India on late Saturday night. A statement issued by Pakistan Foreign Office said the proposed talks will not serve any purpose if conducted on the basis of what it called “preconditions” laid down by India.

NSA-level talks will only be on terrorism, says HM Rajnath Singh

“India sticks to that agenda and that cannot not be changed,” he said to a question whether the NSA-level talks scheduled in Delhi tomorrow could be put off.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India “sticks to its stand” that dialogue must be held only on terrorism at the Indo-Pak NSA-level talks, which are under a cloud over the issue of Kashmiri separatists.Asserting that the agenda for the talks was set in Ufa, the minister said Pakistan must not deviate from it.”The agenda decided at the talks which took place between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif in Ufa was acceptable to both the sides,” he told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”India sticks to that agenda and that cannot not be changed,” he said to a question whether the NSA-level talks scheduled in Delhi tomorrow could be put off.”Our agenda is one, whatever talks are held must be on terrorism,” he said.On Pakistan insisting on interacting with separatist Hurriyat leaders, Singh said he wanted to make it clear that India was ready to talk, but its for the neighbour to decide whether it wanted to hold talks or not.To a repeated question as to whether the talks could be called off, he said “It’s up to Pakistan to decide.” Singh’s remarks came against the backdrop of mounting suspension over holding of the Indo-Pak NSA-level talks after both sides hardened their positions on the issue of Kashmiri separatists.While India has made it clear to Pakistan that a meeting between the separatists and Aziz was not appropriate, Pakistan reacted strongly to insist that it would not depart from the “established past practice” of interacting with separatist Hurriyat leaders.India has described the invitation to Hurriyat representatives as a “provocative action” and accused Pakistan of trying to evade its commitment to engage in a substantive discussion on terrorism as had been agreed between Modi and Sharif in Ufa (Russia) last month.Singh had said yesterday, “We are firm on our stand thatwhatever talks, dialogue are held with Pakistan, that should only and only be on terrorism.”He had also said that talks and terrorism can never go together.The Home Minister had said India’s intentions are clear to have dialogue with Pakistan, but that should be only on terrorism.India has made it clear to Pakistan that a meeting between the separatists and Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz, who is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday for the talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, was unacceptable.

Separatists to go ahead with meeting with Pak NSA, says Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Stop childish acts like locking us up in our houses, says Farooq

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, on Wednesday said that he was baffled over the house arrest and the subsequent release of the separatist leaders and that it was a very negative move. He also said that the Hurriyat will go ahead with the talks with the Pakistan National Security Advisor in New Delhi. “We were put under house arrest for no rhyme or reason. Although, it’s not a new thing for us to be put under house arrest. But, if this is an attempt to stop us from meeting the Pakistan NSA, then it is a very negative move”, Mirwaiz said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He asserted that Hurriyat’s intention was that both nations continue with the talks and in no way were they opposing it. “With LoC incidents on a rise and people dying, having talks has become a prerequisite. All the issue that are happening in Kashmir can only be solved when the talks go ahead,” Mirwaiz said.He added that the Indian government must try to understand that at some point the matter of Kashmir will have to be resolved. Either by war or dialogue and that nobody wants the latter. “Indian government needs to bring a positive change in its thoughts process so that all the state holders can be involved in the process. They need to stop childish acts like locking us up in our houses. Both nations need to show maturity and not try to stop the talks,” he said.Yasin Malik also said that Kashmiris need an end to the conflict and that can happen only through talks. “Issue Kashmiris voice is to take them out from this conflict and this can only happen when the Kashmir issue is solved,” he saidThe Hurriyat leaders will now travel to Delhi to meet with Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz, who will arrive in India on Sunday to hold talks on terror with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. The meeting between the top security officials of both nations will see the recommencement of dialogue between the two countries after a year. India had called off the talks last year after Pakistan consulted Kashmiri separatists before a meeting of the Foreign Secretaries.With inputs from ANI

AAP reconciliation talks fail; fate of Yadav & Bhushan to be decided on March 28

Ridiculing the claim that Bhushan and he have resigned from the National Executive, in a series of tweets Yadav said, “I hear funny news about the PAC accepting our resignation. Will my colleagues please produce a copy of the resignation letter?”

Reconciliation talks between the two warring factions in AAP have collapsed following which two prominent leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Thursday accused Arvind Kejriwal camp of trying to force them to resign from the national executive and not heeding to any of their concerns.In an open letter to Kejriwal two days ahead of AAP’s crucial national council meeting, Bhushan and Yadav said the the message conveyed to them during reconciliation talks was that either they should resign gracefully or face removal from the national executive.Taking to micro blogging site Twitter, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, “Talks with PB and YY failed. They insisting on removing AK from National Conv post. NC to decide on 28July weather to remove AK or not!”He further tweeted, “Despite accepting all their demands they are insisting to remove AK. In public they say AK is the leader, in pvt they insist on his removal. No effort to remove Arvind Kejriwal is accepted to me. Let the NC decide on 28 March now.”Meanwhile, ridiculing the claim that Bhushan and he have resigned from the National Executive, in a series of tweets Yadav said, “I hear funny news about the PAC accepting our resignation. Will my colleagues please produce a copy of the resignation letter?”He further added, “What is being passed off as “resignation letter” is a note for internal negotiations. We said we will resign if 5 conditions were met. Ridiculous claim that we insisted on AK’s removal. This wasn’t mentioned in our note, never came up for discussion. Can they give any proof?”
“What is being passed off as “resignation letter” is a note for internal negotiations. We said we will resign if 5 conditions were met.” Yadav tweeted.Stating that the main issue is to weaken Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leader Ashish Khetan accused Yogendra Yadav of doublespeak.AAP leader Ashutosh, known to be a Kejriwal loyalist, said talks have failed as Bhushan and Yadav were adamant on removal of Kejriwal as the national convenor.”Talks failed. Prashant and Yogendra adamant on Arvind’s removal from the chair of national convenor,” Ashutosh tweeted.In another tweet, he said, “Party is willing to accept all demands of Prashant/ Yogendra, not removal of Arvind. Why PB/YY are insistent on Arvind’s removal? I am amazed.”In their letter, Yadav and Bhushan, who were already removed from party’s powerful Political Affairs Committee, said they were told that Kejriwal was not willing to be the national convenor if they are part of the national executive. “This is exactly what you had said when demanding our removal from PAC.”The talks had begun last week with the aim of bridging the trust deficit between the two groups.In the letter, Yadav and Bhushan said they never made any attempt to dislodge Kejriwal from convenor’s position in the party and that they always extended whatever support they could give to him.”We have been compelled to communicate to you through this open letter. It is ten days since the two of us asked you for an appointment on your return from Bangalore. But you have not yet managed to find the time slot for us,” Bhushan and Yadav said in the letter.

BJP cautions PDP over meeting separatists

Prof Abdul Gani Bhat

Even before the alliance for government formation could be stitched, an angry BJP went on an overdrive cautioning the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for meeting the separatists. What is the controversy all about?The controversy broke out after PDP supremo Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s purported secret meeting with the former moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The meeting raised many eyebrows as the talks beteen PDP and BJP for stitching an alliance to form the government are in the preliminary stage. Who are opposing the talks with separatists?BJP, which emerged the second largest party with 25 MLAs in the 87-member House, has strongly objected to Mufti-Bhat meeting since it was the party which called off Indo-Pak foreign secretary-level dialogue because Pakistani high commission had invited the Kashmiri separatists for talks in New Delhi. “PDP should tread cautiously on this issue. These separatists have been defeated because 70 per cent people have voted and reposed faith in democracy. PDP should also maintain distance from these people,” Ramesh Arora, BJP in-charge for Kashmir affairs, told dna. Will it cast any shadow on the talks for alliance?BJP though is objecting to the talks with separatists, it is hopeful that such issues will not impact the progress of the dialogue. “Some talks have started and this issue will not and should not impact the progress”, said a BJP leader. What is PDP saying?PDP has played down the matter saying Bhat has been a friend of Mufti for long. “I do not see any significance (of the meeting). Those who see any plot in it should understand that politics is about meeting people not keeping them away,” said Naeem Akthar, chief spokesman of PDP. Akthar noted that Mufti is one of the senior-most politicians of the country who is heading PDP which has emerged as the single-largest party in J&K. “He has been the home minister of the country. He has been the chief minister of this state. Should he quarantine himself?” Akthar asked. What is Bhat’s take on this issue?Bhat, who is also the chairman of Muslim Conference, said there is no harm in meeting anyone as agendas are not discussed individually. “Mufti has been my class fellow. We used to study together at SP College, Aligarh Muslim University and are really good friends but we belong to two different ideologies. There is no harm of talking to anyone or meeting anyone,” he said. How is the opposition reacting to this development?Omar Abdullah’s National Conference has lampooned what they claimed a sly leak about the meeting. “First invite a separatist leader, then a deliberate, sly leak to the media about the meeting. Very Mufti-esque. Poor separatist leader,” tweeted Junaid Azim Mattu, NC spokesman.

State BJP seeks more time

A BJP delegation met the governor, NN Vohra, on Thursday and sought more time to stitch an alliance for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.”Talks have started for formation of government which should be stable and complete its six-year term. We have sought more time from the governor for submitting our proposals,” said Jugal Kishore Sharma, BJP state president.Though Sharma did not name the specific party with which the BJP is talking, he hinted at tilting towards the PDP which has emerged as the single-largest party with 28 seats of which 25 were from the valley.”Talks have started for stable government formation. How many parties are there in J&K? Talks have begun with those parties who have been given mandate by the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.Time for constituting the new assembly is running fast as the term of current House ends on January 18. Omar Abdullah government had taken oath of office on January 5 2009 and the assembly was constituted on January 19 2009. Unlike other states, the Jammu and Kashmir assembly has a six year term. If the assembly is not constituted by January 18, the Jammu and Kashmir may be placed under the governor’s rule.

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