January 2001 News

If Peace Fails, Militant Camps Will Be Attacked

17 January 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today said India should take steps to attack and destroy terrorist camps in Pakistan if the peace process in the state failed. 'If the peace process fails, the only other solution lies in destruction of the training camps in Pakistan,' Abdullah told reporters after attending the golden jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission here. Lashing out at Islamabad for sabotaging the peace initiative taken by the Vajpayee government, he said 'We have to tell the United Nations and the entire world that while the government is all prepared for peace, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are out to subvert it and kill innocent people.' Condemning yesterday's attempt to storm the Srinagar Airport, the Chief Minister said New Delhi has to 'Strongly tell Islamabad that this is not acceptable. This will not be tolerated'. Asked if he would favour another extension of the ceasefire in J-K beyond Republic Day, Abdullah said he would convey his feelings to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other senior central leaders on the issue. He said despite all peace overtures, certain terrorist groups backed by Pakistan, were continuing with violence as terrorism was their 'bread and butter'. Abdullah, who arrived here yesterday, said he would meet home minister L K Advani and Defence Minister George Fernandes besides the Prime Minister to discuss the ground situation in the state.


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