August 2001 News

Stop ''mayhem'', Farooq tells Pak.

14 August 2001
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, has warned Pakistan and militants to stop the ''mayhem and destruction'' in the State and declared that it ''will not be allowed to become another Afghanistan'' . In an Independence-Day eve message, he said ''Jammu and Kashmir is reeling under terrorism unleashed by mercenaries sponsored by Pakistan for the past 12 years''. Innocent people were being killed with each passing day. In the name of ''jehad'' they were targeting innocent people and ''dishonouring women''. Dr. Abdullah said Pakistan was defeated in three wars, besides Kargil, and they would meet the same fate in the ongoing proxy war. Preserving Independence was more difficult than achieving it. The country had witnessed many vicissitudes since 1947 and now faced a situation, created by a neighbour, which was proving to be a threat not only to the nation but to ''the entire humanity''. He said inviting the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, for talks was itself a bold step and this should not be construed as a sign of weakness. India had the capability to give a fitting reply to Pakistan but it sincerely wanted to usher in a new era of trust in the region. Hence, Pakistan should not nurture the hope that they would get ''even an inch of Kashmir''. He said six districts of Jammu had to be declared disturbed areas in view of ''inhuman acts'' perpetuated by the militants.


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