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Pro-autonomy Kashmir leaders to meet Tuesday to discuss Modi’s invite for talks

The pro-autonomy People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration will meet in Srinagar on Tuesday to discuss the Centre’s invitation to mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for an all-party meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.

The PAGD is an alliance of six parties in Jammu and Kashmir, including the NC and the PDP, formed in the aftermath of India’s August 2019 decision to nullify Article 370 and split J&K into two union territories.

“The alliance meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 11 am,” a PAGD leader said.

He said the meeting would take place at the Gupkar residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who is also the chairman of the alliance.

The leader said the alliance members would discuss the Centre’s invitation to mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for the talks.

PAGD spokesman and senior CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami confirmed the meeting of the alliance is scheduled to take place on Tuesday to discuss the invitation.

“The process of discussions is on and we are meeting on Tuesday to finalise (the decision on the invitation). We will let our decision known afterwards,” he said.

Invitations have been sent out to 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir including four former CMs for a high-level meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 24 which is expected to set the roadmap for holding assembly elections.

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