Avert war at all cost, says Shabbir Shah
29 December 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
PUNE: Seperatist Kashmiri leader Shabbir Shah has called for initiating a dialogue between India and Pakistan and do everything to avert war as ''it will only add to the misery of both countries without serving any useful purpose.''Relations between India and Pakistan have worsened after the recent attack on Parliament. But war should be avoided at all cost as any war in the present circumstance could be catastrophic as both the countries have nuclear weapons,'' the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front leader said here on Saturday.Shah was speaking after releasing the Marathi version of the book 5000 years of Kashmir, a collection of articles written by various Kashmiri authors and edited by Balraj Puri. The Marathi version has been translated by Sanjay Nahar. Stating that the only solution to the vexed issue of Kashmir was through dialogues between India and Pakistan involving the Kashmiri people, he said, ''we want peace in south Asia at all cost.''For creating a conducive atmosphere for talks in Kashmir, the government should revoke the Disturbed Area Act in the troubled valley, he said.The book release function was organized jointly by Sarhad, a non-governmental organisation working for the uplift of Kashmiri people and Hutatma Babu Genu Mandal Trust.Nahar, who is the president of Sarhad, also spoke on the occasion, which was followed by an open interview of Shah conducted by former editor of Maharashtra Times Kumar Ketkar.