Mufti Urges Freedom Fighters To Join Meaningful Talks
3 September 2003
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: The puppet Chief Minister of Indian held Kashmir, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has urged Kashmiri freedom fighters to shun violence and come forward for a meaningful dialogue for the peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute. 'Freedom fighters should give up their arms as the atmosphere was highly conducive for a meaningful dialogue,' he said while speaking at a 3-day international conference on 'School Based Assessment for Quality education' at SKICC here. Referring to the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's peace offer to Pakistan, he said Prime Minister in his speech-expressed willingness to talk to Pakistan. 'We can change friends, but not neighbors' chief minister said while quoting Vajpayee. He added that people who had grievances should express their resentment. 'If anybody has any complaint or objection against the working of government, they can express their displeasure by organising protests' he said. Mufti cautioned centre that if the alienation of Kashmiris was not addressed immediately, the situation was bound to deteriorate.