She was interacting with the people in a south Kashmir village where she had gone to offer condolences to the bereaved family of Mashooq Ahmad Sheikh who was killed in firing by security forces last month.

The chief minister said it is perhaps for the first time that the issue has been discussed in so many forums and at so many levels during the last two months, including parliament. "The need of the hour is to build on this larger political consensus within the country and initiate tangible measures to address the issue," she said. The chief minister said during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month she suggested a three-pronged approach including talks with all sections of society, including the separatist leadership and also with Pakistan to put the reconciliation and resolution process back on track.

She expressed the hope that the upcoming visit of the all- party delegation to the state would facilitate revival of the much needed peace and resolution process. The Chief Minister said the people have given the present government a mandate to voice their aspirations and seek resolution of the problems.

Also, ahead of the visit of an all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir, political parties  pitched for holding dialogue with 'all stakeholders', including Hurriyat, to douse the unrest and banning the use of pellet guns by security forces.

After a meeting held by the government to brief the MPs who are part of the 30-member delegation, leaders from Congress and CPI(M) said all stakeholders should be approached during the two-day visit of the delegation to Jammu and Kashmir beginning on Sunday.

CPI(M) Favors To Talk With Hurriyat Leaders

"Government should invite Hurriyat for talks with the all-party delegation.... The invitation extended to others should be given to Hurriyat also. It is up to them whether they want to meet the delegation," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said. Yechury said government should make "tangible" announcement like a ban on pellet guns, withdrawal of AFSPA from civilian areas and rehabilitation and compensation package for those who lost their lives in recent violence as a follow up of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement of taking peace initiative on the basis of 'Insaniyat, Jamuriyat and Kashmiriyat'.

The delegation will interact with individuals and groups aiming to bring peace in the Valley, which has been facing unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the UPA is open to holding dialogue with all stakeholders.

"We have said that the option of dialogue should be open to all stakeholders. Government should open the dialogue with all stakeholders. The Centre and the state government know who the stake holders are. They have to identify the stakeholders and invite," he said in the presence of Tariq Anwar of NCP, a UPA constituent. Azad said the pellet guns should be replaced with less lethal options to control protesters in Kashmir Valley.

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