Saturday, September 25, 2010


New Delhi: A group of interlocutors will be appointed to hold a dialogue on the Kashmir issue and youths arrested in the recent stone-pelting incidents will be freed soon, home minister P Chidambaram announced after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) here on Saturday. The CCS decisions were made on the assessment of the 39-member all-party delegation which visited Jammu and Kashmir recently, he said. However, there was no announcement on the demand for withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from at least a few districts of the state. Suggestions on the AFSPA have to be taken first by the Unified Command in the state, Chidambaram said. The all-party delegation visited the state following a cycle of violence, which has rocked the Kashmir valley since June 11. At least 108 people, mostly youths and teenagers have been killed in firing by security forces on stone-pelting street protesters during the past three and a half months.


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