Abdullah asks other militant oufits to follow HM suit
30 July 2000
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who has welcomed the ceasefire by Hizbul Mujahideen, today asked all other militant outfits to follow suit. ''Ceasefire offer should come from the entire militant groups in order to bring peace in the valley. Pakistan should encourage other militant outfits like Harkat-ul-Ansar and Lashker-e-Tuiba to shun the path of violence and resolve to peaceful means as this would help in holding of a dialogue between the two countries,'' Abdullah told PTI here before leaving for Srinagar. Extending his government''s support to the Centre in restoring peace in the state, he said ''When I took oath in October 1996, I had made it clear that I will knock every door which would lead me to peace and prosperity for the people of the state.'' While welcoming the ceasefire offer of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Abdullah said such an offer would always be reciprocated. The Chief Minister said he was in favour of talks between India and Pakistan, but reiterated Centre''s stand that dialogue could not be held until Islamabad stopped abetting cross border terrorism.