Hizb gives strike calls on Vajpayee’s visit
16 April 2003
News Network International
SRINAGAR: Apparently unaware of the schedule of prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to the Valley, the Hizbul Mujahideen has called a state-wide strike a day before he is to arrive here. 'We appeal to the people of the state to observe a complete hartal on April 17 when Vajpayee will begin his visit to Jammu and Kashmir so that the international community understands that people of Kashmir hate India,' the newly appointed chief operational commander of the outfit Gazi Naseer-ud-Din said in a statement sent a local news agency here, a PTI report said. The freedom fighter chief said Kashmir was a disputed territory which cannot be solved through economic packages and other concessions. Vajpayee will try to please the people of the state by announcing economic package and other concessions during his visit but that will be a futile exercise as people of the state cannot betray the sacrifices rendered by one lakh people, he said. He asked New Delhi to accept the ground reality of Kashmir as a dispute so as to pave the way for tripartite talks to resolve the issue.