NEW DELHI Minister of state for commerce and industry Omar Abdullah has said that people of Jammu and Kashmir have not given man-date to the Hurriyat Conference to represent them but Hurriyat leaders should be allowed to visit Pakistan and get exposed.
By all means give passports, but who has given, them the mandate to represent the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, he asked participating in Star TVs 'Janata Ki Adalat' programme. Asked whether the Hurrivat leaders would be welcomed in Pakistan, Omar said ask the Hurriyat people. I suspect they will not only be unwelcome, they will be greeted with shoes. If Hurriyat Conference represents some segment of Kashmir, we also represent some segment. And what about the representation of Jammu and Ladakh, a press release from the television channel quoted Omar as saying.
Sounding a note of caution on the extension of cease-fire, he said, that National Conference was only saying extend the cease-fire by all means, but plug the loopholes that the militants are taking advantage of as they move from rural areas to urban areas.
(KASHMIR OBSERVER, 29 January, 2001)
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