January 2003 News

Healing touch remains: Mufti

5 January 2003
The Statesman

Jammu: Mufti Md Sayeed today denied that there were differences with the Centre over his “healing touch policy”. The J&K chief minister said the entire country supported his government’s policy of winning the “hearts and minds of people in order to take them out of the present turmoil”. Speaking at a passing out parade of recruits at police training school Manigam-Ganderbal in Srinagar, the Mufti said: “My government has resolved to steer the state and its people out of the agony and pain of over a decade, notwithstanding the enormity of the task. Besides, a consensus had evolved at the national level to bring J&K out of the difficult times...” The Deputy Prime Minister during his recent visit to Jammu spoke of the Centre’s willingness to hold talks with elected representatives and others. Describing his efforts to change the situation as a big challenge, the Mufti said he wanted his government to make all possible efforts so that nobody has a justification to take to gun. Talks, he reiterated, were the only way to solve the Kashmir problem.


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