SRINAGAR- Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah today said the peace process initiated by the Prime Minister would be earned forward with full commitment in view of the people's yearning.
Addressing a 15,000 strong rally organised by pro-India gunmen turned legislator Kuka Parray at his home town, in Hajin, Abdullah described reports about his opposition to the cease-fire as misleading and clarified that he was never against it.
He said he had been consistent in his views that silence at the borders was meaningless when guns were booming in the "hinterland".
Referring to the recent attack on the police control room here, Abdullah said, "Pakistan and her mercenaries were mistaken if they thought they could terrorize us and succeed in their designs". He asserted, '"Hum mar jayengey lekin ek inch zameen bhi nahin chordengey".
India, he said, had the might to teach a lesson to Pakistan that could be used at the appropriate time and recalled the befitting reply given to her in Kargil recently.
Making a fervent appeal to militants to drop the gun, Abdullah called upon them to join the mainstream and channelize their energies for the betterment of the people rather than soaking their hands with the blood every day. He also asked the foreign militants to go back to their respective countries and let the people of the state live in peace. He said the people want to get rid of the gun culture which was alien to them.
Earlier, the Awami League leader and MLA Kukka Parray assured the chief minister of his full support in his fight against militancy. He described the rally as coming together of anti-militancy forces and hoped this would auger well for return of peace in the state. He said the rally represented the people's yearning for peace and appealed all political parties to unite and face the militant challenge.
(KASHMIR OBSERVER, 15 February, 2001)
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