Start dialogue, end Kashmir unrest: Farooq Abdullah tells Modi

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Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to start dialogue with all the stakeholders in Kashmir to end the crisis.

During the meeting, Abdullah said that the state and the Centre should listen to the stakeholders who are willing to come to the table for negotiation.

The former CM, who has been touring the entire state, which continues to witness unrest for over 100 days, said that the Prime Minister listened patiently to him and was receptive to the suggestions he made.

“I am sure that the Prime Minister will urgently address all the issues that have been flagged by me and others from the state," Abdullah told reporters.

The former Chief Minister said that National Conference has played the role of a constructive opposition party and would continue to do so.

"We are willing to do anything for the people of the state who have been victims of unrest for over three months now. The education sector has suffered. Tourism industry, which is the mainstay of the economy, has been hit badly. The people living along the Line of Control and International Border are suffering. I have requested to take into consideration all these factors and make attempts to bring some relief to the people in the state," he said.

Abdullah, however, refused to share other details about the meeting. "The meeting took place in the most cordial atmosphere and the Prime Minister was equally concerned about the situation in the state," the NC leader said.  (PTK)

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