Farooq hopes ceasefire extension will usher peace in J&K
25 February 2001
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah today hoped the fresh extension of ceasefire in J&K would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the militancy-hit state. "I hope and I will pray for the same at Jeddah," Abdullah told prior to leaving for Saudi Arabia on a Haj pilgrimage. The chief minister, who is leading a 15-member Haj goodwill delegation from India, said the fresh extension of ceasefire was reason enough for Pakistan to rein in the militant outfits operating from across the LoC and initiate steps to stop aiding and abetting cross-border terrorism. Abdullah said "I will pray to the almighty that all the misguided youth of the state return to the national mainstream." "Enough is enough. The entire Kashmir valley has witnessed enough bloodshed. I hope the fresh extension of ceasefire will bring a silver lining in the dark clouds hovering over the state for a decade now," the chief minister said.