Hurriyat told to reconsider decision on talks
29 April 2001
The Times of India
JAMMU: Union minister of state for civil aviation Chaman Lal Gupta has asked All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders to reconsider their decision on the Centre's offer on talks and cooperate with the Vajpayee government to help restore peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. 'It was expected that Hurriyat leaders will adopt a realistic and positive approach while deciding on the talks offer, but their approach indicated that they are not interested in putting an end to mindless violence in the state', Gupta told a group of reporters at Basohli in Kathua district on Saturday. Terming the APHC decision as 'unfortunate', he said it had dashed the hopes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said instead of insisting on their demand for visiting Pakistan, Hurriyat leaders should have first held talks with Centre's nominee K C Pant and then taken any decision on rejection of talks. Gupta said the peace process initiated by the Centre will continue as APHC was not the sole representatives of the people of the state.