Mufti Hope For A Terror-free State In 2005
1 January 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: Expressing optimism over the peace process in the state, both Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S.K. Sinha and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said hopefully in 2005 the state would be completely free from violence and return to the track of development. They also said the coming year would see better Indo-Pak ties, and progress in the dialogue process. In his New Year message, Governor Sinha said the peace movement was gaining momentum in the sub-continent, adding that the people of Jammu and Kashmir attached immense significance to Indo-Pak talks for ending violence in the state. He also said 2004 had turned out to be a year of tragedies and tribulations with the tsunami havoc in South Asia consuming thousands of human lives. Sinha said in J&K also, many precious lives fell to bullets and blasts by terrorists, adding 'our hearts go the families who lost their dear ones in nature's fury and inhuman acts of elements inimical to peace.' Sinha also said, 'While mourning the death of thousands of people, we look towards the New Year hoping for the general good of our people and in particular to ending terrorism in our state.' The Governor added that a multi-pronged strategy was imperative for restoring peace in the state and referred to initiatives taken to create a conducive atmosphere. Alongside talks at various levels to address the internal and external dimensions of the problem, de-induction of forces, economic development and assuaging the aspirations of the three regions of the state were some of the steps taken to turn around the situation in the state, he said. Wishing the people of the state, Sinha also solicited support of all in the effort to sustain the prevailing atmosphere for peaceful resolution of problems. 'The New Year provides us an occasion to push back the darkness of the past and endeavor to build a peaceful and prosperous society, wiping the tears from every human face,' he added. Meanwhile, CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also hoped that 2005 would be a year of peace. In a message of felicitation on the eve of the New Year, Mufti said he was confident that 2005 would see Jammu and Kashmir a peaceful and progressive state, with people feeling a complete sense of security. He said the New Year holds great prospects for the state, hoping that besides further improvement in the security scenario, the picture on the development front would be bright in the next year. Mufti also promised his government would continue its efforts to consolidate the gains achieved during the last two years. He said the administration would be fully geared up to implement the economic package recently announced by the Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir. The government, he added, would also see that human rights violations do not occur and the people suffer no inconvenience. Mufti said he was confident the process of reconciliation between India and Pakistan would progress and the dialogue with the people of J&K would revive. He said the New Year would bring India and Pakistan more close leading to strong mutual ties. The CM sought the cooperation of the people in the successful implementation of the developmental and people-oriented programmes initiated by the coalition government and assured that on its part, it would redouble its efforts to minimise the people's problems in the year to come.