February 2004 News

Mufti Denies Hand In Hurriyat Split

22 February 2004
The Hindu

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has sought to clarify that he had been making sincere efforts to widen the prospects of a dialogue between separatists and New Delhi, and had no role in breaking separatists (the Hurriyat Conference). He hoped that there would be a movement forward towards peace. 'I have been pursuing the dialogue as it is the only way to resolve the issue,' he told a public meeting at Dangerpora near Sopore town in north Kashmir. He reiterated that he would continue to persuade all groups to join the dialogue for a lasting peace. He said thousands of people had lost their lives in the conflict. Peace must to be given a chance and dialogue was the only way out. The talks between the Deputy Prime Minister and the Hurriyat were path-breaking and they would move forward to the logical end. Accompanied by the Congress general secretary, Ambika Soni, and the Pradesh Congress chief, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mr. Sayeed said his coalition Government had sincerely tried to change the situation and our initiatives had given the dividend of peace.'We would continue to pursue this agenda and will make Jammu and Kashmir a real crown of India,' he said amid thunderous applause.


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