January 2003 News

Farooq govt scuttled peace efforts: J&K minister

10 January 2003
The Times of India

New Delhi: A senior minister in the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Cabinet has alleged that the Farooq Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir was always trying to scuttle any serious effort by the Centre for restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir. 'Although I have made a resolution not to speak against the Farooq Abdullah government in public but it is an open secret that the then state government always tried to scuttle any serious effort of the Centre for restoring peace,' State Finance Minister Muzzafar Beigh said in Karan Thapar's programme Court Martial on television. Beigh quoted the former chief minister's reaction to the Centre's offer for ceasefire: 'The decision of ceasefire is New Delhi's policy. I (Abdullah) have given my orders to the state police chief to shoot and kill militants as there is no space left in prison.' Beigh said a national consensus needed to be involved for bringing peace to the troubled state. 'Both the Centre and state governments have to remember that being either timid or over-adventurous could prove counter-productive,' he said.


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