Parray's Killing Would Not Stop Peace Process: Mufti
13 September 2003
The Times of India
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed admitted on Saturday that killing of anti-insurgency leader Kukka Parray would effect the ongoing peace process but reiterated that efforts to bring normalcy in the state would continue. 'Some elements are bent upon derailing the peace process,' he said, after an hour-long meeting with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. Sayeed said, 'dialogue is must in a democracy. We are not against it but there should be reciprocity. People wanted peace in the state,' he said. In his meeting with Advani, Sayeed urged the Centre to sanction Rs 78 crore project for rehabilitation of Jammu border migrants. The Border Migrants Rehabilitation Project, Sayeed said, has already been sent to the centre for approval and release of funds. Early sanction, he said, would mean that families uprooted from their homes during the Kargil War can return to their homes. In the meeting measures for safe and honourable return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley and inclusion of Dogri into Eighth Schedule of the Constitution was also discussed. Sayeed told Advani that inclusion of Dogri is a long-standing demand of the people of Jammu region and even PM during his last visit had promised that it would be met. On the issue of return of Pandits, Sayeed told Advani about the confidence building measures taken up by him. Flats have been constructed in clusters for them and plan is to take senior migrant professionals like doctors and engineers to Srinagar to work among people. They would be provided security on the patterns of Jammu officers. The two leaders also expressed concern over the delay of one time settlement of 1947 displaced persons and decided to expedite it.