September 2001 News

Talks can''t make headway until Pak ends terrorism: Farooq

1 September 2001
The Asian Age

New Delhi: Warning Pakistan that talks with India on Kashmir would not make any headway till it continued supporting militancy, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah said if Islamabad really wanted peace, its desire should be reflected in efforts to curb cross-border terrorism.About the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, the chief minister told PTI that India was providing another opportunity to Musharraf and ''he should should not miss the bus this time.'' ''On one hand, Pakistan has gone to town that it is always prepared to hold talks with India and on the other it is pushing in militants and directing terrorists to indulge in murder of innocent civilians in the state,'' Abdullah said. The chief minister advised Islamabad to leave its dual policies - one for the international fora showing keenness on talks with India and the other for domestic consumption by pushing in more and more mercenaries into the state. Expressing the hope that peace get a chance at the forthcoming meeting between Vajpayee and Musharraf in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly, Abdullah said ''I hope that the Pakistani team comes there with complete diplomatic homework this time.''


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