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All eyes on New Delhi: PM Modi invites Occupied Kashmir leaders on round-table conference

After hiatuses of one and half years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended an ‘olive branch’ towards the leaders and ‘representatives’ of Indian Occupied Kashmir. According to Indian media reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an all-party meeting on Jammu and Kashmir on June 24 in the capital New Delhi.

Reports claimed informal invites to major political leaders in Occupied J&K have also been sent.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said that she did receive an informal invite and they were discussing it.

Experts termed it as most significant step from the Indian government to end the ‘political impasse’ in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the former state to two Union Territories.

Reaching out by Modi government officials to the mainstream ‘parties’ in the Occupied Valley for a meeting next week has gained attention of all stakeholders.

Kashmiri leaders like People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone and Apni party leader Altaf Bukhari had been reiterating that time has come for the political process to kick start.

India abrogated Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, which empowered the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

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