September 2001 News

Try Pak. Generals for training militants: Farooq

14 September 2001
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today wanted Pakistan to be taught a lesson to keep it from abetting terrorism He also demanded trial of Pakistani Generals in the International Court of Justice for training militants Dr Abdullah, who inaugurated a two-day conference of the State police here, said, ''Our battle is not over; nor will it be over quickly as Pakistan continues to aid and abet terrorism'' Unless that country was taught a lesson, there could be no peace in the region . Accusing the Pakistan Army of running training camps for militants, he said, ''These generals have to be brought to book as they are training killers and perpetuating terrorism.'' He had urged the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, to destroy the training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, but the suggestion was not taken seriously. If there was war with Pakistan, he ''will be in the forefront with an AK-47 rifle to take them on''. He announced that the State Government would soon come with a stringent law against terrorism. ''We are examining it to make sure that the mistakes committed by other States are not repeated.'' The Minister of State for Home, Mr. Khalid Najib Suhrawardy, the Chief Secretary, Mr. Ashok Jaitly, the Director- General of Police, Mr. A.K. Suri, and the Principal Secretary (Home), Mr. C. Phonsog, were present.


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