Kashmir crisis: Farooq Abdullah meets Chidambaram

July 10th, 2010 - 1:43 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, July 10 (ANI): Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah met Home Minister P Chidambaram here today to discuss steps being taken by the Centre and state governments to bring back normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, an AICC delegation is likely to visit the Kashmir Valley ahead of Monday’s all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Minister in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan and senior leader and old Kashmir hand Makhan Lal Fotedar, among others, will be part of the team, sources said.

Meanwhile, curfew has been re-imposed in the Maisuma area of Srinagar and three other districts - Anantnag, Pulwama, and Kakpora following clashes between protesters and security forces.

Curfew was relaxed on Friday to allow people to celebrate the holy Muslim festival of Shab-e-Meraj.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has said her party would boycott Monday’s meeting.

“Omar government has lost all credibility. We should have been consulted on the decision to deploy the army, she added.

The army was deployed in Srinagar on Tuesday night following violent protests, which left three persons dead and over 70 injured.

Seventeen columns conducted flag marches on Wednesday, following widespread violence in the Batmaloo and Maisuma localities.

The decision to deploy the Army was taken after Omar Abdullah made a formal request to the Central Government for help in maintaining law and order in Srinagar.

The situation in the valley has been tense over the past few weeks due to repeated clashes between protestors and security forces. (ANI)

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