June 2003 News

NC Wants Ceasefire In Kashmir

4 June 2003
News Network International

Srinagar: Pro-India National Conference (NC) has urged Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee to announce a unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. 'We are cutting across party lines and urging the Prime Minister to declare a unilateral ceasefire', an NC MLA, Mubarak Gul, was quoted by KMS as saying in so-called Assembly. The NC, which was swept from power by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in alliance with India's main opposition Congress, is part of Vajpayee's BJP-led coalition in Indian government. Vajpayee's government announced a unilateral ceasefire in November 2000 but withdrew it after eight months. Since April 18 when the Prime Minister stunned observers by extending a 'hand of friendship' to Pakistan during a Kashmir trip, however, there have been persistent demands for a ceasefire by politicians here. India and Pakistan are now warily moving towards their first dialogue in two years, with the nuclear-armed neighbours re- appointing ambassadors and announcing the restoration of transport links. Gul and his partymen welcomed Vajpayee's peace overtures and expressed hopes that they should succeed. A fresh ceasefire would help in 'creating peace and provide an honourable exit to the men with guns in the region,' he said.


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