February 2001 News

Hurriyat reveals Pak tour agenda

12 February 2001
The Statesman

Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference today said the delegation to Pakistan would try to turn the unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir into a two-way traffic and make the peace process “result-oriented’’ even as alert guards thwarted a fidayeen attack on a special operations group (SOG) camp at Safapora, north Kashmir this evening, killing a militant. This was the third fidayeen attack in the Valley in one month but the SOG did not suffer any casualties. Guards started firing as soon as the militants stormed the camp. But the attackers fled. The Hurriyat today said: “The agenda... is to make the unilateral ceasefire a two-way traffic and facilitate concrete steps to resolve the Kashmir issue once and for all so that people of India, Pakistan and J&K can heave a sigh of relief.” This is the first time the group has revealed its agenda for the proposed tour. Meanwhile, Gen Pervez Musharraf has said that he is ready to go to Delhi for talks if formally invited, a report from Washington says. “We’ve taken the initiative to ease tension by pulling out troops from the LoC and ordering our troops to observe restraint. India has responded positively. There are indications that India wants to resume talks. We are ready for talks...but I will go only if I have a formal invitation. We want peace but peace with honour and dignity,” he told Newsweek.


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