November 2002 News

Unilateral ceasefire will not work in J-K: Azad

6 November 2002
The Indian Express

Jammu: The Congress on Wednesday said a unilateral ceasefire by the Central government against militants in the state during Ramzan will be of no use unless the other party ''reciprocates it''. ''Ceasefire is useful only when the other party positively responds to it,'' Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief and leader of Congress legislature party in the state, Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Jammu. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had on Tuesday said that such a ceasefire could be announced by the Centre given that it had been done earlier also. ''It was a good gesture on the part of Central government to announce unilateral ceasefire earlier, but unfortunately the other party did not respond,'' Azad said. Asked who is the other party, he said, ''Obviously the militants and their patron across the border.'' ''Even the BJP-led NDA government went in for a unilateral ceasefire not once but thrice, yet peace could not dawn in the state despite the Congress having supported it,'' Azad said adding that although his party wanted to make all out efforts to ensure peace in the valley, it would ''never compromise'' on Jammu and Kashmir or its borders. ''We cannot adopt the same methods or move on beaten tracks for bringing peace in the state... That is why we gave chance to the People''s Democratic Party (PDP) to lead the government for the first three years and will see how the situation improves under its leadership,'' Azad, who arrived in Jammu on Wednesday said.


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