Qayyum urges Mujahideen to respond on Indian cease-fire
30 November 2000
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Sardar Qayyum, said the several violent incidents in the held Kashmir marred one-month unilateral cease fire, by Indian government, during the holy month of Ramazan. Many people hoped that the government’s cease-fire could bring a breakthrough in the political stalemate over Kashmir, but militant groups gave a little positive response, he said in an interview with BBC. He requested the militant groups not to neglect the initiative of cease-fire by Indian government without even giving it a thought. ''They should have a serious discussion over it and then act sensibly. We are supporting the cease-fire offer and emphasize on bilateral talks between India, Pakistan and groups on both sides of Kashmir.'' To a question, Qayyum said it is too early to know if this cease-fire can lead to a real progress.