April 2004 News

Mehbooba urges PM to declare ceasefire

2 April 2004
The Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: Urging Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to announce a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said the time is ripe to silence the guns from both sides and give peace a chance. 'We urge Mr Vajpayee to declare a ceasefire in the State,' she said and expressed that the separatist groups would reciprocate the move. Addressing a number of election meetings in south Kashmir, Ms Mufti, who is contesting from the Anantnag constituency, said enough blood has been shed during the past several years. She said a new era of peace and amity has begun with India and Pakistan agreeing to hold talks and resolve all their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, amicably. 'I appeal to all those holding guns to give peace a chance and help for the success of dialogue on Kashmir,' she said. She also criticised National Conference patron and former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah’s statement that he would launch a movement like that of ‘plebscite’ if his party candidates are defeated in the parliamentary elections. Dr Abdullah has accepted his defeat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections before these are held, after witnessing the peoples support to PDP candidates, and now he has raised the issue that elections would not be free and fair. (UNI)  


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