PM urges all parties to work together for normalcy in J-KAugust 18th, 2008 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh on Monday urged all political parties and right-thinking people to work together to bring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir under control.
Speaking to reporters here after the oath taking ceremony of two new Rajya Sabha members, C.Rangarajan and S M Krishna this morning, Dr. Singh said: “Everybody has an obligation to contribute. This is not a partisan issue.”
This statement from the Prime Minister came in the wake of the volatile situation prevailing in the State as agitators on both sides of the Amarnath land dispute have intensified their protests on Monday.
The Hurriyat Conferences Coordination Committee today submitted a memorandum, seeking the U.N. Secretary-Generals intervention in granting right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir, to the United Nations Military Observers Group office in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti (SASS), the group spearheading the protests in Jammu, has called a three-day jail bharo aandolan from today.
In addition to this, on Sunday, National Conference president Omar Abdullah threatened to resign from his Lok Sabha membership if the Government fails to intervene and find a solution to the Amarnath land row.
Abdullah urged the Centre to hold talks with the SASS in Jammu as well as with the Hurriyats Coordination Committee in Kashmir.
The dispute began after the State Government promised to give forest land to the Shri Amarnath shrine Board. Many Muslims were enraged. The Government then rescinded its decision, which in turn angered Hindus in Jammu who attacked lorries carrying supplies to Kashmir valley. (ANI)