Kashmir peace process on right track: Advani
18 April 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Union Home Minister L K Advani on Wednesday said the peace initiative in Jammu and Kashmir was progressing in the right direction and expressed hope it would yield the desired results. He, however, refused to comment on the situation developing on the Indo-Bangladesh border which has witnessed tension over the past two days. "It is progressing in the right direction," Advani said when reporters asked him about the peace process in Jammu and Kashmir after he inaugurated an exhibition of profiles of world and national personalities caricatured by noted cartoonist Ranga. Four months after declaring unilateral ceasefire, the Centre last week appointed K C Pant as the principal interlocutor to hold talks with all groups of Jammu and Kashmir to evolve a consensus to solve the problem there. Pant has invited all the groups, including Hurriyat Conference, for talks. Earlier this week, Advani said it had been suggested to Pant to hold talks with newly-elected panchayat members "as they are the latest representatives" of the people of the state also to evolve a broad consensus on the issue. Inaugurating the exhibition, Advani compared cartoonists with journalists and said the former had the capacity to say more with few lines unlike scribes.