SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra on Friday sought the support of political parties during the All Party Meeting (APM) to tackle the prevailing security and political situation in the State.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, State Congress chief GA Mir, BJP leader Sat PDP senior leader Mohammad Dilawar Mir, CPI(M) State Secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik, Peoples Conference MLA Bashir Dar; MLA Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh and ex-minister Ghulam Hassan Mir attended the APM were all present at the meeting.
Sources said Governor held wide ranging discussions on issues related to internal security, law and order, development, educational problems, ensuing Amarnath Yatra, political scenario after imposition of Governor's rule in the State. Vohra sought cooperation from all stakeholders for restoration of peace and tranquillity in the State and thereby to speed up developmental activities.
"Governor urged the leaders to join hands in bringing the State out of the present morass and motivating the youth to shun the path of violence and concentrating on their education and future careers," an official said.
The political leaders extended their support to Governor for restoring lasting peace in the State by taking into confidence all sections of the society. They also emphasized the need for the administration to work in a neutral, transparent and accountable manner, completion of important pending development projects in the different regions of the State. Sources said representatives Kashmir-based parties urged Governor to take some Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), ensure zero-tolerance towards human rights violations and direct security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-militancy operation.
They said Omar demanded dissolution of Legislative Assembly and holding of early Assembly polls. The Jammu-based National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh seconded Omar and demanded immediate dissolution of Assembly and holding of polls, sources said.
PDP and BJP favoured continuation of the Governor's rule in the State for improvement in the ground situation in the Valley. Vohra had convened the APM a day after taking charge of the State following imposition of Governor's rule in the State after fall of the PDP-BJP coalition government led by Mehbooba Mufti. On June 19, BJP in surprise move pullfrom the Mehbooba-led coalition government citing deterioration in law and order and security situation. The BJP had pulled out from the coalition government after insistence from the PDP to extend the unilateral Ramadan ceasefire.