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PMs roundtable conference today
Pandits, Gujjars to take part
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
The roundtable conference on Jammu and Kashmir called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow will provide the first opportunity to several groups and communities in the three regions of the state to present their views before the highest level in the government.

Even as separatists have decided to stay away from the roundtable conference, communities like Kashmiri Pandits, Paharis and Gujjars will get an opportunity to present their viewpoint before the Prime Minister and the top political leadership of the state.

All main political parties and forums in the state, including the National Conference, Congress, PDP, BJP, Panthers Party and the PDF will take part in tomorrow's conference.It is the first such conference called by the Prime Minister.

Along with Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, JKLF and JKDFP, the People's Conference led by Sajjad Lone has also decided against participating in the round table conference. Sajjad Lone had met the Prime Minister last month. However, Democratic Liberation Front leader Hashim Qureshi is likely to participate.

The Congress delegation at the conference will include Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Water Resources Saif-ud-din Soz, Dr Karan Singh and senior lawyer Ashok Bhan. National Conference chief Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti are among leaders expected to take part in the conference.

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