Unconditional talks with people needed: Mufti
14 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday said ''unconditional'' dialogue with the people of the state would provide healing touch to victims of decade-long militancy. ''People of the state have given a clear message through recent elections that dialogue and not bullet is the solution to the problem,'' Sayeed said addressing a massive public rally at Baramulla, 55 kms from here. He said the victims of militancy-included families of militants killed as their children could not be held responsible for the acts of their fathers. Sayeed said the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the coalition government was not ''just a piece of paper but an article of faith for us''. ''We are bound by every part of it and its implementation has already begun,'' he said. ''We want to give justice - social, developmental and with regard to employment - to people of all areas,'' he said. The Chief Minister distributed appointment orders to 234 victims of militancy belonging to the district. Sayeed said the government would institutionalize the process of recruitment and nobody, including the Chief Minister, Cabinet ministers or legislators, would be authorised to make appointments directly. ''Government jobs will be given on merit basis and as per norms without any favouritism,'' he said.