October 2000 News

Hizb not likely to renew ceasefire offer: Advani

12 October 2000
The Times of India

New Delhi: Home Minister L K Advani on Thursday said he did not visualise any possibility of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen renewing its ceasefire offer in Jammu and Kashmir in view of Pakistan''s involvement. ''At the moment, I don''t see this as a real possibility unless Pakistan acquiesces because the Hizbul and all the militant outfits ultimately take their instructions from Islamabad,'' he told ''Star TV'' in an interview. On the government''s relationship with the RSS, Advani said ''my experience over the last two-and-a-half years is that this government has its own agenda and its own policies. ''There are many issues on which the RSS may disagree with us but yet this government goes ahead and does what it thinks its right,'' he said. On the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar, which ended on December 31 last year, the home minister said ''what I do think could have been avoided was a minister travelling with the terrorists to Kandahar. I don''t think he intended it that way, but that''s just the way it unfortunately happened''.

 

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