January 2004 News

Hurriyat favours Eid ceasefire to pressurise J&K terrorists

27 January 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

New Delhi: Favouring a ceasefire announcement in Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre coinciding with Eid next month, Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said this would give a boost to the growing realisation among the people against violence and help the amalgam in building a 'moral pressure' against the terrorist outfits.'You cannot have a militant struggle in Jammu and Kashmir unless or until you have people supporting it. And I think the indications we are getting from Kashmir is that people themselves have a realisation that yes gun definitely is there but for sometime it has to be silent,' senior Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in an interview to Karan Thapar for 'Court Martial' programme on SABTV.This, he said, 'is the moral pressure that we can have on militants and we hope it is going to work.'...Hurriyat Conference does not control any outfit as such but I think when you talk about any movement move forward especially that of militants, it depends on support from masses,' Umer, who was part of the five-member delegation that held talks with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on January 22, said.Suggesting the Government to announce a ceasefire, he hoped that Eid would be the right occasion for this.Asked what was the guarantee that the militants would not reject it as they did earlier during 2000, the Mirwaiz said 'the onus is on the other side but the sincerity of the Government will be highlighted.'


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