Ceasefire a positive move, says APHC
21 November 2000
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: THE ALL Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Tuesday described Prime Minister''s ceasefire offer as a ''reflection of positive change in the attitude and approach of the Indian leadership, if was not a part of typical Indian politicking''. At the same time the Hurriyat leadership that claimed to have debated and discussed the Prime Minister''s statement on ceasefire ''point by point'' weighing all its pros and cons, felt that there were ''certain misgivings'' that needed to be clarified. The statement at the end of over-two-hour long meeting of the secessionist conglomerate urged India and Pakistan to create an atmosphere and opportunities for the Hurriyat leadership to talk to both India and Pakistan as also to ''mujahdeen'' to find a permanent solution to Kashmir problem. It reiterated that ''Kashmir was not an internal issue of India''. Sources, however, revealed that the thinly balanced approach of the Hurriyat Conference which is at variance with its earlier attitude of keeping mum over the Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen ceasefire in July-August, was guided by the Kashmiri peoples'' pressure and also Hurriyat''s desire to become a ''bridge between India and Pakistan to resolve the crisis''. ''If Mr. Vajpayee''s offer is not part of India''s traditional politicking and any reflection of its sincere effort to establish peace and ensure development and good neighbourly relations, then in our view it is a reflection of positive change in the thinking of the Indian leadership''. Two killed: Ignoring the ceasefire offer, militants killed two persons and injured five others including a police officer in separate attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said in Srinagar today. Militants also carried out a rocket attack on a security camp, while four militants were arrested by the security forces in the State during the period, the spokesman said.