July 2003 News

Hizbul to back peace moves

1 July 2003
The Hindu

Srinagar: A pro-Pakistan militant outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen, today said it was ready to extend its cooperation to the Indo-Pak. initiatives for resolution of the Kashmir issue through peaceful means and dialogue. 'We are pursuing a wait-and-watch policy on the ongoing developments on Kashmir. We are ready to extend our cooperation at the right time to the initiatives taken by India and Pakistan,' the outfit's spokesman, Junaidul Islam, said. The outfit, known for its hardline approach and oft-repeated assertions that 'jehad' (holy war) was the only way to solve the Kashmir issue, said it wanted the Kashmir issue to be solved through peaceful means and dialogue. The spokesman, however, said it was 'imperative that the Government of India moved forward for talks with sincerity.' Referring to the statement of the President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, during visit to the State that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, he said: 'The President must not ignore the reality. After judging the facts, he must accept the long pending demand of Kashmiris and adopt a realistic approach. Dr. Kalam must work for meaningful talks between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris.' PTI


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