Terrorism will die its own death, says Farooq
26 January 2002
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Optimistic about terrorism dying its own death soon, Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah today said the Republic Day celebrations all over the state passed of peacefully. The major turn over of the people in the celebrations has been encouraging, he added. The Chief Minister was talking to media persons informally at the MA stadium here this afternoon, after the main Republic Day function was over. The global campaign against terrorism is gaining momentum and India is a part of it, he said, asserting that the Centre has taken a firm resolve to fight terrorism to finish. He said he was satisfied with the measures taken to end the cult of violence and fight cross border terrorism. He said he visualizes a prosperous, progressive and developed Republic of India as envisioned by freedom fighters and national leaders. On being asked about over all scenario in the region in the wake of challenges posed by terrorism in the world, he expressed the hope about better future for neighbouring countries in the sub- continent. He, however, said that the country is fully prepared to meet any challenge. Referring to the recent SAARC conference, Dr Abdullah said that he expects it to play a better role in the development of the region. Earlier, the Chief Minister complimented the participating students of various schools and other agencies for their display. He described the parade as excellent and hoped that the youngsters would continue to participate on such occasions in a big way in future as well. Dr Abdullah announced Rs 5 lakhs for organizing a trip to Patnitop for the participating students in the Republic Day function.