September 2001 News

Attacks in US will have impact in J&K: Shabir Shah

18 September 2001
The Times of India

New Delhi: Separatist Kashmiri leader Shabir Ahmed Shah on Tuesday said the terrorist attacks in the US would have an impact on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and warned it might deteriorate if no progress was made in the dialogue process.Emphasising that Kashmiris were for peaceful and negotiated resolution of the vexed 54-year-old issue, the president of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) said the Central government should carry forward the process of talks with Kashmiris and Pakistan.Condemning the terrorist attacks in Washington and New York, Shah said that the development ''will have an impact'' on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.''If there is no progress in talks, situation in Jammu and Kashmir may deteriorate as Kashmiris might think the solution to the issue is through military means only,'' Shah said on conclusion of his 10-day stay here during which he held talks with a number of national leaders, former bureaucrats, intellectuals and journalists impressing upon them the urgent need for resolution of the issue.He said the number of suicide attacks in Kashmir had increased and ''may witness further rise if Kashmiris see no progress in talks.''Shah said the central government should display its ''sincerity'' towards peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue by ''ensuring end to custodial killings, illegal detention and withdrawal of Disturbed Areas Act.''


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