Initiate dialogue with Pakistan, militants: Tarigami
5 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The Centre should initiate a sustained and sincere dialogue with all sections of the people to restore lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir, senior CPM leader and supporter of the new J&K government Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami has said. Addressing a massive gathering at Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara last evening, Tarigami appealed to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to adhere to the opportunity provided by the historic elections and initiate a dialogue with a cross-section of people to ensure peace in the militancy-ridden state. He said the Centre should also initiate a composite dialogue with Pakistan in ending the violence in the state. Tarigami, who was accompanied by the local MLA Ghulam Mohiuddin Sofi, was greeted by thousands of people and accorded a warm reception at Handwara. Giving a veiled call to separatists in the state, the leader of Democratic Peoples'' Forum said the elections had provided an opportunity not only to those who had been elected to the state legislature but also to those who remained out of the democratic process. ''Opportunity comes seldom and I appeal to those who remained out of the political process to join the caravan of people who have been yearning for peace now,'' Tarigami said. The central government, state government and other groups including separatists should act and act fast so that the process of dialogue could be initiated quickly and seriously, he said.