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Farooq Rules Out Dialogue with Armed Terrorists

7th December 1998
The Hindustan Times

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has ruled out talks with armed secessionists opposed to the sovereignty of the Indian Constitution.

"I am not opposed to talks. But there is no meeting ground with killers and murderers. Should we talk to those who kill innocents and spill blood on streets?", Farooq Abdullah asked at a function in the winter capital city of Jammu last evening.

"Or should we talk to those who question sovereignty of the Indian Constitution and insist on merger of Kashmir with Pakistan," Mr Abdullah asked.

Taking a dig at those campaigning for a dialogue with militants, Mr Abdullah said that such a "proposition was unacceptable. Until the militants gave up arms, we cannot talk to killers."

The Chief Minister, who has been charged with opposing the dialogue with militants, made it clear that there is some "sanctity of dialogue and that cannot be held without any rationale. Let those who want to talk accept civilised method of talking."

He also took this opportunity in criticising Pakistan for working against the interests of Kashmir.

Pakistan's obduracy was preventing a pact on Tulbul navigation project, thus depriving Kashmiris of navigational facilities and also keeping them away from tapping the hydro-electric potential of the river waters of Jhelum.


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