Follow Musharraf, Stop Terror: BJP To JK Militants
18 February 2004
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The Centre was prepared for talks with militants in Jammu and Kashmir if they shun the path of violence and join the national mainstream, BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said. 'The Centre has initiated peace talks with Pakistan and the Hurriyat Conference in Jammu and Kashmir and is prepared to have talks with militants if they leave the gun and join the national mainstream,' Naidu said addressing the maiden public meeting organised by the BJP in Srinagar in 15 years. However, he said those who would not leave the gun would meet a fate similar to Gazi Baba, a self-styled chief commander of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad killed by security forces here last year. While the militants who carried out attack on Parliament were killed by the security forces then and there, the mastermind behind the attack, Gazi Baba, was killed by the security forces in Srinagar and those who would not leave the gun would meet the same fate, Naidu said. He said terrorism would lead the people nowhere. 'Terrorism is enemy of humanity. It has not yielded results elsewhere in the world and how can it prove fruitful in the state,' he asked. Asking Kashmiri militants to learn lessons from Pakistan, he said Islamabad could not gain anything by aiding and abetting terrorism in the state and anti-India campaign. 'Now that country's President General Pervez Musharraf called for jihad against jihadis,' he said. Welcoming secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan in Islamabad, Naidu said the process of dialogue would lead to peace in the two countries.