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Kashmir parties seek ceasefire during Ramzan, Amarnath Yatra

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Cecil Davis | 12 May, 2018, 07:41

"The issues of Kashmir are old but I am more concerned about the prevailing situation as we are losing young lives", she said at the meeting.

The valley has hit the headlines again after a tourist from Chennai, R Thirumani (22), died in a hospital after being hit by a stone during clashes between security forces and protestors in Narbal area.

On stone pelting in Kashmir, Sethi said there were "stone pelting units" operating from Shopian to Baramulla in Kashmir.

He said the Army has contained militancy and inflicted casualties on them. "I believe it can not be accepted that the government will announce a ceasefire and militants continue attacks on our security forces", the former RAW chief said.

Six terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba had attacked the Srinagar airport when the ceasefire was in force in 2000 in which two security personnel and two civilians were killed.

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The meeting also pushed for dialogue with Pakistan. "It is a serious issue and we need to review the amnesty scheme", he added. It was only when the minutes of the meeting were released in the public domain by Advocate Ankur Sharma, BJP leadership raised the issue of withdrawing the controversial minutes, which till date they have failed to do so.

Mehbooba Mufti has come under strong criticism after 16 people, including eight militants, seven residents and a tourist were killed in separate incidents of violence in the past four days.

"The delegation would approach the Prime Minister to appeal him to consider the announcement of a unilateral ceasefire as was done in 2002 during the Prime Ministership of Atal Behari Vajpayee on the approaching holy month of Ramzan, Eid festival and the Amarnath Yatra", she said. This comes a day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said all participants at an all-party meeting had agreed to appeal to the Centre to declare a unilateral ceasefire. She said instead of "hanging her head in shame", Mufti should "hang those behind his death".

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Friday backed Army Chief General Bipin Rawat over his Kashmir remark in which he had warned stone-pelters of the Kashmir valley.