Nation At 9: Big rift in all-party meet; Centre pushes a hard line, but Opposition won't endorse

| Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 23:50
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An opportunity was missed today. I was hoping that all political parties irrespective of their ideological bent to unite and put 'India first'. But that was not to be.
The all-party meet on Kashmir was marked by differences and a yawning gap of interests. The centre was pushing for a hard line against those who have spent the last three months destabilising the valley. But the opposition was loathe to endorse it.
In fact dismissing the govt's no-nonsense approach towards Pakistani agents, the opposition reiterated the demand to engage all stake holders including those who foment trouble in the valley. They went on to ask the government to announce confidence building measures like revoking AFSPA and lifting curfew besides engaging with the Pak-sworn Geelanis and the Mirwaizs of the world.
They did this despite knowing that it is a gamble that could easily backfire on our braves in the valley.
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