April 1999 News

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70,000 Kashmiris liquidated in Pak-sponsored militancy in JK

8th April 1999
Express India

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir minister for medical education Mustafa Kamal has asked Pakistan to desist from aiding terrorism in the state as 70,000 innocent people of Kashmir have been liquidated during eight years of militancy in the state. Addressing a religious function in connection with 43rd death anniversary of a spiritual leader, Baba Bajan Dass, at Hiranagar about 60 kms from here last evening, Kamal said a proxy war thrust on the state by our neighbour would meet the same fate as that of last three wars it fought with India, reports PTI.

Kamal, who is younger brother of state chief minister Farooq Abdullah, said Pakistan's game-plan to divide people on communal lines would be fought tooth and nail and if it ventured to annex Kashmir the National Conference government would resist with its full might. Lauding the initiative taken by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for improving ties with Pakistan, Kamal said he hoped Pakistan would reciprocate the goodwill gesture for ensuring durable peace in the sub-continent. He said Pakistan should adopt the policy of live and let live if it was sincere for having cordial and friendly relations with India.

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