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Modi govt calls all-party meet on Kashmir, India-China standoff in Doklam

Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh will brief the opposition in the meeting

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Ahead of Parliament's Monsoon Session, the government has called leaders of opposition parties on Friday for a briefing on the India-standoff in in Sikkim sector, as also the Kashmir situation in the wake of the killing of seven

External Affairs Minister and Home Minister will brief the opposition in the meeting, to be held at the latter's residence. The meeting is primarily aimed at taking the opposition leaders into confidence on both issues ahead of the which commences on July 17.

The standoff between and in the Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, and Bhutan, is now a month old, with no end to it yet in sight.

Sources said the government also wants to discuss in the meeting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed a spate of violence following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in July last year.

Militants attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, killing seven people and injuring 19 others in Jammu and Kashmir's Khanabal area on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on July 10 evening.

However, the opposition, which has been severely critical of the government over deteriorating law and order situation in Kashmir, did not appear keen to discuss the outside Parliament.

"Yes, we will attend the meeting. The meeting will only be on the developments on the India-China-borders. is a matter of great concern. Hope the government apprises us what is its assessment and how it proposes to address the crisis," senior leader told IANS.

Asked if the Kashmir situation will also be discussed in the meeting, Sharma said, "I am not going to discuss this because the meeting is for a specific purpose. We have Parliament as a forum to raise matters. As the session begins, this will be raised in Parliament."

JD (U) Spokesperson K C Tyagi, too, confirmed that his party would attend the meeting but refused to comment on the agenda.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 21:21 IST