April 2003 News

Announce Unilateral Truce In J&K: PDF To Centre

12 April 2003
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: Two senior People's Democratic Forum (PDF) leaders and ministers in the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday asked the Centre to announce a unilateral ceasefire before starting any dialogue process to resolve Kashmir issue. 'Unilateral ceasefire can provide a congenial atmosphere to find a lasting solution to the problem,' PDF chairman Mohidin Sofi and its organiser Hakeem Yasin said in a joint statement here. They urged the Centre to invite all parties and groups in the state for a meaningful dialogue to pave the way for success of the mission of Centre's interlocutor NN Vohra. 'There is need to pay heed to voices from all quarters. Only then the prevailing bloodshed can stop,' Sofi, the forest minister, and Yasin, the revenue minister, said. Appealing to all political and separatist groups to show flexibility, they said dialogue with Pakistan should be initiated to resolve all pending issues. Welcoming Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's coming visit to Kashmir, the PDF leaders hoped he would announce a comprehensive economic and employment package for the state. Stating the biggest challenge facing the coalition government in the state is increasing unemployment, both the ministers stressed the need for taking concrete measures towards solving this problem. 'This is possible only if the Centre comes forward to pull the state out of the present crisis,' they said, adding 'the Prime Minister is sincere in mitigating sufferings of the people on economic and employment fronts.' Announce unilateral truce in J&K: PDF to Centre Press Trust of India Jammu, April 13 Two senior People's Democratic Forum (PDF) leaders and ministers in the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday asked the Centre to announce a unilateral ceasefire before starting any dialogue process to resolve Kashmir issue. 'Unilateral ceasefire can provide a congenial atmosphere to find a lasting solution to the problem,' PDF chairman Mohidin Sofi and its organiser Hakeem Yasin said in a joint statement here. They urged the Centre to invite all parties and groups in the state for a meaningful dialogue to pave the way for success of the mission of Centre's interlocutor NN Vohra. 'There is need to pay heed to voices from all quarters. Only then the prevailing bloodshed can stop,' Sofi, the forest minister, and Yasin, the revenue minister, said. Appealing to all political and separatist groups to show flexibility, they said dialogue with Pakistan should be initiated to resolve all pending issues. Welcoming Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's coming visit to Kashmir, the PDF leaders hoped he would announce a comprehensive economic and employment package for the state. Stating the biggest challenge facing the coalition government in the state is increasing unemployment, both the ministers stressed the need for taking concrete measures towards solving this problem. 'This is possible only if the Centre comes forward to pull the state out of the present crisis,' they said, adding 'the Prime Minister is sincere in mitigating sufferings of the people on economic and employment fronts.'

 

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