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Government to soon begin talks with Kashmiri protestors

Government to soon begin talks with Kashmiri protestors
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First Published: Wed, Aug 25 2010. 07 20 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 25 2010. 07 20 PM IST
New Delhi: Home minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday said that in next few days government would find a elusive “starting point” from where it could reach out to protestors.
Speaking at the three days annual conference of director general of police and inspector general of police of all states as well as central police organizations, Chidambaram said central government has offered a dialogue with all sections of the people and political parties in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are concerned that we have not been able to stop the vicious cycle in which the state is caught. However, it is my hope that, in the next few days, we would be able to find that elusive ‘starting point’ from where we could reach out to the protestors, reassure them of their rights and dignity, restore peace and order, redeem the promises made, and re-start the process of dialogue that will lead to a solution,” he said.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing sporadic incidents of violence since the death of an 11-year-old boy in June. The boy was killed in clashes between stone pelters and security forces. Since then over 60 people have died and hundreds of them were injured. Curfew was imposed in many parts of the valley to restore normalcy and peace. He said the security forces have been instructed to act with great restraint. “The situation has not yet returned to normal.”
Chidambaram said his government has acknowledged that a political solution must be found to the problems of Jammu and Kashmir . “The central government has offered a dialogue with all sections of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and all political parties and groups,” he said.
Meanwhile the hardline faction of the separatist Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday evening announced a 10-day long schedule protest. It asked people to shut down Kashmir on Wednesday and Thursday. Geelani also asked people to boycott civic elections scheduled in October this year.
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First Published: Wed, Aug 25 2010. 07 20 PM IST