No Place For Separatist Thought In J&K: PM

15 August 2009
The Times of India


New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the recent elections in Jammu and Kashmir had demonstrated that separatist ideology has no place in the state and the Centre will work to ensure that human rights are respected in the region. Elections to the Jammu and Kashmir assembly and the Lok Sabha elections were held in December and April-May respectively. 'People of all areas of the state have participated vigorously in both the elections. This is a proof that there is no place for separatist thought in Jammu and Kashmir,' Singh said addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 63rd Independence Day. He said the Centre would continue to assist the state government in improving governance in all parts of Jammu and Kashmir. 'It will be our endeavour to ensure that human rights are respected in the state and all its citizens are able to lead a life of peace and dignity in an environment of safety and security,' Singh said. 'We respect the special assurances and concessions provided to Jammu and Kashmir in our Constitution. We will continue to honour these special provisions,' the Prime Minister said.