Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: An all-party meet convened by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah began here on Monday to discuss the law and order situation in the state.
However tion People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pathers Pantry are not attending the meeting.
PDP choose to ignore the meeting despite a request from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Besides the ruling National Conference (NC) and the Congress, the meeting is also being attended by the (CPI-M) and the Democratic National Party.
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is participating in the meet after showing reluctance initially. The party has 11 members in the 87-member state legislative assembly, all from the Jammu region.
Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah is also present in the meeting.
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah called the all-party meeting to discuss the volatile situation in the valley where the Army was called in to stage marches in curfew-bound towns to restore law and order following violent protests over civilian killings.
Markets, educational institutions, banks and other business establishments remained closed and public transport went off roads. A shutdown called by APHC (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Life in Old City, downtown areas was crippled because of the restrictions imposed by the authorities curbing all pedestrian and vehicular movement.