February 2007 News

Kashmir group to meet Tuesday on centre-state relations

17 February 2007
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: A key panel that is examining the contours of Jammu and Kashmir's relations with the central government is to meet Tuesday in the national capital to finalise its recommendations.The third meeting of the joint working group on centre-state relations will deliberate on the concepts of autonomy and self-rule and chart out the course best suited for Kashmir, official sources said.'The report would be finalized after the meeting on Feb 20,' the sources added.The group is one of five constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the second round table conference on Kashmir in Srinagar last May. It is considered the most significant as it would define Kashmir's relations with New Delhi.Former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a junior partner in Kashmir's Congress-led ruling coalition, is currently drafting a document on its concept of self-rule that will be presented at the New Delhi meeting. The other four groups are dealing with internal confidence building measures, strengthening of trans-LOC relations, economic development, and good governance.'The reports of two groups have already been finalized. The other two are in the process of doing so in the near future,' the sources said, without going into specifics.


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