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Politicians meet to seek end to Kashmiri strife

REUTERS AND AP , SRINAGAR, INDIA

Politicians were meeting yesterday to find a way to end weeks of violent anti-government protests in Indian Kashmir, which have killed 15 people, dragged in the army and locked down the region.

However, the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stayed away, urging state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to end the crackdown on civilians.

Streets in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital, were almost deserted yesterday. Schools remained closed and security forces patrolled empty streets.

However, newspapers were able to resume publishing after restrictions on journalists were lifted.

Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to stop him from leading a protest march yesterday in Srinagar, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

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