Congress Leaders Oppose Talks With Pakistan
23 September 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Shifting all blame on Pakistani for the woes of the masses, senior Congress leaders today stoutly oppose any move to hold talks with Pakistan. They have also expressed their grave concern over miseries of the people who have been facing lots of hardship due to the unprovoked firing from across the border and acts of the militants. In a joint statement issued here today, Congress leaders viewed that Pakistan has been causing worst ever atrocities on the people in remote and far-flung areas of the State through militants who are trained, armed and guided by that country as such there is no question of holding talks with Pakistan at this juncture. The statement said that it was unfortunate that innocent people in several far-flung areas are being subjected to untold suffering on the behest of Pakistan while some leaders are making irresponsible statements to include Pakistan in talks. Congress leaders strongly condemned gorging of eyes of some people in Warwan area of Doda district recently and described the act as most inhuman. They strongly condemned the Centre Government for leaving the people at the mercy of militants. Signatory of the statement included Ch Mohammed Aslam, ex-president PCC, Yash Pal Khajuria, Mula Ram, Divaker Singh, Lal Mohammed Sabir, Pardhuman Singh Azad, Parkash Sharma, Ram Dass Dogra, Balwan Singh, Bharat Gandhi, Puran Singh, Balak Ram, Mirza Iqbal, Fateh Mohammed, Beli Ram Kundal, Luxmi Dutta, Yogesh Sawhney, Vinod Sharma, Maheshwar Singh, Hans Raj Bhagat, Ashok Sharma and Vinod Mahajan.