April 2001 News

Peace process to continue with or without Hurriyat

27 April 2001
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Abdullah NEW DELHI Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said the peace process initiated by the government would continue irrespective of whether the Hurriyat Conference participates in it or not. 'The process does not stop because of such minor hiccups. They (Hurriyat leaders) will have to follow suit or else remain mute spectators,' Abdullah, who met a host of Central ministers including Home Minister L K Advani, told PTI before leaving for Jammu. Regretting the decision of Hurriyat leaders on talks with the Centre, he said 'I still hope that better sense will prevail over them and they will use their brains rather than follow what is being fed to them from across the border by their masters.' The chief minister said his government will ensure that nobody is allowed to hamper the peace process initiated in the state. 'Tourism season is ready to begin and people will not tolerate anyone making efforts to destablise it,' he said. Abdullah said Hurriyat leaders would be completely isolated if they supported any move aimed at disrupting the tourist season in the state this year. Denying the Hurriyat charge that crackdowns wee continuing in the state despite ceasefire, Abdullah said 'this is all rubbish. Security forces are reacting only if attacked and not otherwise.' Earlier in the day, Abdullah met Advani and discussed with him the security situation in the valley. 'Now that winter is over, Pakistan will try to send militants through high passes. We cannot be complacent even though the ceasefire is there,' he added. (PTI)   

 

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