May 2006 News

'Kashmir won't be demilitarised'

15 May 2006
The Daily Times

New Delhi: India asserted on Monday that there would be no demilitarisation in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, even as it assured that the peace process would continue through dialogue, IANS reported. “There is no question of withdrawal of forces and certainly no question of demilitarisation until terrorism ends,” Home Minister Shivraj Patil told the Lok Sabha (Lower House) while speaking on an opposition- sponsored adjournment motion on the massacre of Hindus in Doda and Udhampur in Kashmir on April 30. He said that the government would adopt a multi-pronged strategy on Kashmir that would include dialogue with “responsible” individuals and groups. “The peace process will continue,” he said. Patil denied the charge that the government had failed to protect the people in Kashmir’s border areas, and accused the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “indulging in a dangerous game” by talking about religious cleansing in the state.


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