Allow APHC leaders to visit Pak: Wazir
7 April 2001
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Appreciating decision of the Union Government to hold dialogue with all groups of the people to bring peace in the State, representatives of various Sikh bodies have appealed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee to allow All Party Hurriyat leaders to visit Pakistan. Addressing a joint press conference, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Sudershan Singh Wazir complemented the Union Government for, what he called, taking bold and meaningful initiative to bring peace in the State. He called upon the Kashmir leadership and All Party Hurriyat Conference to come forward for a negotiated settlement of Kashmir problem. He also appealed to the Prime Minister that the proposed delegation of the All Party Hurriyat Conference be allowed to visit Pakistan to hold dialogue with other groups in order to create congenial atmosphere for beginning of talks. Demanding inclusion of the Sikhs in the on-going peace process, Mr Gurdev Singh Isher, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal said that Sikhs of the State would like to participate in the talks and project their positive view as they do not want to loose this opportunity of peace coming to the people of J&K. He also welcomed the extension of formal offer of talks to the Kashmiri leadership including all other groups whether social or religious. Mr Jagdev Singh, president of the State Akali Dal while welcoming the offer of talks said that only time will tell whether this offer is serious effort or an eye-wash in order to divert people’s mind from the Tehelka expose. Prominent among those who attended the press conference included Mr Paramjeet Singh, president All India Sikh Students Federation, Kultar Singh, president Sikh Naujban Sabha, Kulwant Singh, chief advisor Sikh Naujban Sabha, Dayal Singh Wazir, general secretary Shiromani Akali Dal, Prem Singh Tara, secretary State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board, Jagbir Singh, Manmohan Singh, chairman Singh Sabha Gole Gujral, Gurdeep Singh, Mohinder Singh, chief organiser of Bhai Kanaiya Nishkam Society.