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Mehbooba says Delhi has invited her, Farooq to discuss Gupkar strategy before joining Modi roundtable

Amid reports that New Delhi is planning to invite political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for talks on June 24, the National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Saturday said that they will first sit and discuss the strategy to be followed if they get the formal invitation.

The Peoples Democratic Party chief, Mehbooba Mufti, however, confirmed that she has got an invitation from New Delhi while J&K Apni Party stated that the “solution to J&K’s problems lies with New Delhi.”

Farooq said: “So far we haven’t received any formal invite from New Delhi for talks. If we get an invitation, we will first sit and discuss the strategy to be adopted for the meeting. So far we haven’t received an invitation from the Centre.”

Mufti, however, confirmed that she has received a formal invitation from New Delhi for the meeting on June 24. “Yes, I got a phone call from Delhi and I have been invited for a meeting on June 24. The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said.

“I haven’t decided yet whether to attend the meet.”

Asked whether all local leaders have been invited, she feigned ignorance by stating that “I have no idea…”

CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami also said that he hasn’t got any invitation from the Centre. “Neither formal nor informal invitation has been received by me. There is no communication from New Delhi at all,” he said. Sources, however, confirmed that the Centre is going to invite all the leaders from J&K’s mainstream camp one by one. “All the leaders will be invited through phone calls,” a source privy to the development said.

J&K Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari said that the solution to J&K’s problems lies in New Delhi. “We openly state that we have a relation with Delhi. Solutions to J&K’s problems lie in New Delhi, not Islamabad, New York or London. Delhi’s invitation to J&K’s political parties is a welcome development. My question to all the political parties is they called us King’s party, now who is king’s party?” Bukhari said in an obvious reference to NC and PDP.

Bukhari said there were three main issues: restoration of statehood, security of jobs and security of land. “With God’s grace and support of Modi and Amit Shah we have managed security of jobs and security of land and I believe within a year or so, statehood will also be restored.”

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