Shun Violence And Join Dialogue Process, CM To Militants
15 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Asking the armed youths in Jammu and Kashmir to shun violence and take the path of peace, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the doors of the Government are open for dialogue. There was no logic in resorting to violence when the Government had kept the doors of dialogue open, Mr Azad said while addressing Independence Day function at Bakshi Stadium here where he unfurled the tricolour and took salute at march past. The Chief Minister alluded to various initiatives taken by the Centre to address political, economic and social issues in the State saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself chaired three round table conferences that were attended by all political parties of the State. He said Dr Singh constituted five working groups to suggest measures to resolve issues concerning governance, balanced economic development, people to people contact and Centre-State relations. Four working groups had already submitted recommendations and two meetings had already taken place to work out modalities for their implementation, Mr Azad said, adding that the final meeting would be held in about a fortnight. Referring to the overall improvement in the situation in State, the Chief Minister said incidents of violence and terror still occur occasionally claiming lives of innocent people. He said no leniency would be shown against perpetrators of violence and called for greater vigil to ensure safety of the people asking the youth still holding the gun to take the path of dialogue and peace. 'Where is the room for violence when the Government had kept the doors of dialogue open,' he asked. He said people must distinguish friends from enemies saying those acting against the interests of the masses could not be their well wishers. Isolate the forces the forces that were inimical to peace and development, the Chief Minister said. The Chief Minister reiterated his Government's resolve to uphold human rights while firmly dealing with militancy and said any complaint of Human Rights Violation was taken seriously and the guilty punished under the law. The Government's firm commitment to human rights was amply demonstrated by its action in the Ganderbal custodial killing case, Mr Azad said, adding that said the Government took suo motto action against the culprits including a senior police officer. The Chief Minister said the State Government had constituted a cabinet sub-committee to address the growing unemployment in the State and suggest measures to tackle the problem. The committee would also explore alternate avenues of employment for the educated youth since the absorption capacity in the Government sector was very limited, he added.