Governor rule in JK temporary: Sinha
22 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Gwalior: External Affair Minister Yashwant Sinha said here today that even now Pakistan was orchestrating insurgent activities with a view to destabilise India and described the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir as a ‘temporary solution’. In a comment on the political tug- of-war now progressing in Jammu and Kashmir, the Minister said those who claimed to have the people’s mandate in the just-concluded democratic and impartial Assembly polls should speedily form a Government in the militancy-affected State. Sinha, who was here yesterday to take part in various programmes, told UNI that in view of Kashmir’s prevailing political uncertainty, Governor’s rule had been imposed as a temporary solution. ''Politicians claiming that they had a mandate but yet not forming a Government were two things that simply could not go together,'' he added. Fielding a query regarding any possible help to the National Conference from the National Democratic Alliance by virtue of the NC having been a coalition partner, he said, ''we are not in a position to provide any political help there.'' The unalloyed truth was that former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was himself unwilling to take up the post he had just quit, Sinha added. Sinha ruled out parleys of any kind with militants for tackling the problem of terrorism which he described as a 55-year- old phenomenon. When asked about the solution to the cancer of extremism that had affected large parts of India, Sinha said that the country would not go to war with Pakistan over the issue as India’s present strategy was the best recourse. He said, ''the problem of militancy is not new to our country. Cross-border terrorism began in 1947 when Pakistan made tribesmen infiltrate and stage attacks.''