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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Top Kashmiri leaders decry violence, call for a new think

[b]Top Kashmiri leaders decry violence, call for a new think [/b]

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 17 November (Asian[/b] As Srinagar witnessed a third militant attack in a week, top leaders of Jammu and Kashmir have called for a new thinking on Kashmir issue and made a forceful plea for an end to violence in the border state.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (Hurriyat), Omar Abdullah (National Conference) and Mehbooba Mufti (People’s Democratic Party) differed on the course of action, though.

Mehbooba echoed the NC line that the answer to the Kashmir problem could be found in granting a greater autonomy.

Taking part in the Hindustan Times leadership summit, Mirwaiz said their quest for solution encompasses Northern Areas as well. Gilgit and Baltistan which comprise the Northern Areas are treated as a separate entity by Paksitan and are not included in so called Azad Kashmir.

Fielding a question, Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat is fighting for the cause of entire erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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