All parties for unilateral ceasefire in J&K: Mehbooba Mufti

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"I have not held direct talks with her on the issue but I have got this information..."

Recently, there have been rampant incidents of stone pelting in the valley that have become a matter of concern for the administration which had claimed the life of a domestic tourist in the valley.

"We would raise important issues and the need for a dialogue", he added.

Sethi referred to the state government's official statement, which too quoted Mehbooba as saying that all the parties had backed the proposal.

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The meeting was called to discuss the security situation in the Valley. Two militants die and a few days later, new ones join the ranks. On Sunday, five militants and five civilians were killed in a gunfight in Shopian. It was only when the minutes of the meeting were released in the public domain by Advocate Ankur Sharma, BJP leadership raised the issue of withdrawing the controversial minutes, which till date they have failed to do so.

A senior PDP leader, however, said the party will continue to work for "cessation of the hostilities" in Kashmir.

The deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta, who also represented the BJP in the crucial meeting, said that ceasefire doesn't happen on one side.

Following differences over the issue the alliance partners are expected to evolve a consensus before apprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the prevailing security situation in the state.

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After an all-party meeting on Wednesday, Ms Mufti had said "all of us agree that we all have to appeal to the government of India to consider a ceasefire".

Ruling PDP, BJP and main opposition National Conference, Congress, CPIM, Peoples Democratic Front, Awami Ittehad Party, Samajwadi Party, Panthers Party, DPN, were among 13 mainstream political parties that participated in the Meet.

Speaking to The Indian Express, he said: "If there is an appeal from their (militants') side, only then we can think of it... I believe it can not be accepted that the government will announce a ceasefire and militants continue attacks on our security forces", the former RAW chief said. Experts have also said that the offensive has encouraged more people down the terrorism road. "We will support her", he said.

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