Violence no solution to Kashmir problem: Lone
4 April 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone has said that violence was no solution to the vexed Kashmir problem and people of this region want to lead a peaceful life. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Lone said his Party is totally against gun culture as it has brought miseries to the Kashmiri people. Many mothers lost their children, sisters their brothers and women became widows in this turmoil. The solution should be within the State frame work and acceptable to all. Reacting over Centre—Hurriyat talks, Mr Lone said, 'this is totally un-democratic, they should talk to the representatives of democratic institutions, legislators and those really representing their people and areas.' Without naming any, he said two-three Hurriyat leaders are surviving only due to media, otherwise, they have no standing in the public. Hurriyat has already lost its popularity. He appreciated Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace move and said it is positive initiative and in the larger interest of the people of both the countries provided both the leaders Musharraf and Vajpayee are serious. Mr Lone pointed out that opening of Srinagar-Uri-Muzaffarabad road will be recognised as a symbol of Indo-Pak relations and will serve as a link to unite the people of both the sides. Responding to a question, Mr Lone said Peoples Conference will not be participating in the Lok Sabha elections and it has also resolved not to support any party. Later, Mr Lone also addressed a public rally and highlighted programmes and policies of his Party. The programme was organised by provincial president—Karan Singh Andotra.