April 2003 News

We cannot wait for Pak. to give peace a chance: Mufti

27 April 2003
The Hindu

JALANDHAR: India cannot wait for Pakistan to give peace a chance, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, said today. 'Whenever there is a peace move in the State or an overwhelming desire shown by the people for peace, our enemies across the border start getting jittery and make attempts to sabotage it,' he said at a function organised by the 'Hind Samachar Group' here. 'It is a war of nerves but let me make it clear that we are determined for restoration of peace and will not wait for the enemy to give us a chance,' the Mufti said and added that his Government had been given mandate by the people for restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Coming down heavily on separatist groups who spurned the recent offer of talks with Centre's interlocutor N.N. Vohra, he said: 'Only those who neither have support of the people nor strength in their stand or argument shy away from dialogue... Probably they are aware of their weaknesses.'


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