May 2001 News

Pakistan sabotaged PM's Kashmir peace initiative: Report

31 May 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: The unilateral peace initiative taken by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sabotaged by Pakistan, the Defence Ministry said in its annual report released on Thursday, ahead of the summit between New Delhi and Islamabad. The 128-page report which contains a review of India's security environment with particular reference to its neighbours during the year 2000-2001, highlights Pakistan's role in the violence in Jammu and Kashmir. "Pakistan continued with its hostile approaches and policies towards India," the report said accusing Islamabad of stepping up its sponsorship of cross border terrorism. Refering to Prime Minister's peace initiative and its three extensions, the report said the move was widely welcomed by the people of the state, but terrorist groups close to Pakistan intelligence agencies escalated violence. The Ministry report went on to say that Pakistani troops all along the Line of Control (LoC) continued to provide logistic support to militant groups infiltrating into India with the objective of enhancing their capabilities to directly confront Indian security forces and key installations. The report termed Pakistan's announcement of maximum restraint along the LoC as "clearly self serving" saying this did not address New Delhi's concern relating to Islamabad's continued sponsorship of cross border terrorism.


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