Kashmir Panel Invites Omar, Geelani For Public Meet29 January 2011
Srinagar: Ahead of their first public meeting in New Delhi on February 1, the non-governmental committee formed for promoting dialogue and peace in Jammu and Kashmir has invited Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, among others, to the event. Ajit Singh of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Abinai Ray of Revolutionary Socialist Party and Debratta Biswas of Forward Block are latest to join the committee comprising bigwigs like Prakash Karat (CPI-M), Ram Vilas Paswan (LJSP), Namo Nageshwar Rao (TDP), D. Raja (CPI) and others. With joining of these three, the number of political parties in the committee, comprising parliamentarians and civil society members, has gone up to eight. The committee has sent invitations to all major mainstream and separatist forces of the state for the public meeting scheduled at constitutional club in New Delhi. “We have sent invitations to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Sajjad Gani Lone and others for the meeting where parliamentarians would speak on peace and justice in Kashmir,” Seema Mustafa- who is leading the initiative- told Greater Kashmir. “The parliamentarians who visited the Valley would narrate their first hand experience of the situation in Kashmir. The Kashmiri leaders however wouldn’t speak on the occasion,” she added. Pertinently, the committee comprising parliamentarians and civil society members visited the Valley in December and recommended number of measures including revocation of Disturbed Areas Act, phased withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act. Later, they a constituted a committee for promoting dialogue and peace in Jammu and Kashmir.