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Updated: June 26, 2013 01:06 IST

Ready for talks with those who shun violence, says Manmohan

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Soldiers keep vigil ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Nissar Ahmad
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Soldiers keep vigil ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Prime Minister terms Monday’s killing of eight soldiers by militants in Jammu and Kashmir the most reprehensible and cowardly act

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday described the killing of eight soldiers in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir as the ‘most reprehensible and cowardly act’ but asserted that the Centre had no hesitation in talking to “those who shun violence.”

Interacting with a select group of journalists, Dr. Singh said his government was “always ready to talk to those who shun violence.” He was asked whether there was any possibility of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government involving the Valley’s militant and separatist leadership in a fresh dialogue process.

To a question on Monday’s attack on a military convoy, he said: “Most unfortunate. And, this should not, I think, lead us for our opponents to conclude that we will succumb to the terrorists’ efforts to destabilise Jammu and Kashmir, to destabilise our economy and country.”

The Prime Minister clarified that he was not going to announce any economic and developmental package for Jammu and Kashmir during his two-day visit that began with an interaction with victims of earthquake at Kishtwar in the Jammu province on Tuesday. He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah would call him up whenever the State was in need of any special arrangement. “This time I am here only for laying the foundation stone for the Rattle power project and extension of train service from Qazigund to Banihal.”

Accompanied by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dr. Singh released a postal stamp on Kashmir’s romantic and revolutionary poet Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor. Ms. Gandhi referred to a film made on Mehjoor 40 years ago in Kashmiri, Hindi and Bengali. She said Mehjoor was an inspiration for many Kashmiri poets who cherished pluralism, communal harmony and universal brotherhood as the basic values of Kashmir’s culture and ethos.

Dr. Singh termed Mehjoor a great revolutionary poet, who had popularised his vision and philosophy of communal harmony, justice and liberty through his poetry for decades. The Prime Minister said the founders and makers of Kashmir’s composite culture and plural society like Lallaishwari (Lal Ded) and Sheikhul Alam Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani had left indelible marks of communal harmony on all generations of the local population. He said that this very legacy of Kashmiriyat kept the Valley away from the communal frenzy in 1947.

Time for a change - elect Modi and see how these terrorists run for their lives.

from:  Arun Subbu
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 00:06 IST

Such attacks on force may not be controlled under this leadership.
There is a need of the hour that there should be change in current
leadership of our country.A leader who has the ability to tackle
internal and external terrorism. But unfortunately that leadership is
misplaced right now.The issue of Jammu & Kashmir is six decades old
and so far number of casualties have been uncountable. Being a
democratic state this problem should have been solved very earlier.
But unfortunately we could not do so.The lives are important and could
not be compensated by just monetary help.

from:  Santosh Sharma
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 13:34 IST

They have been talking (with guns), you never understood that because the lost lives
bear no relation to you.
Perhaps communication by terrorists is more effective when they kill Congressmen. Then swift action is taken only then.

from:  Anamendra Bharati
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013 at 06:07 IST

Since 2004 they are giving the same statement No proper action
against terrorists

from:  Goda.Harisharma
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 23:10 IST

How many times they will vow before acting ?

from:  Tarakanta
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 19:54 IST

How many times they will vow ? and When they will do something about their vows ?

from:  Varun Raj Sharma
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 19:20 IST

They have been doing for time immemorial. They vowed to fight Black

from:  Sudhakara Reddy
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 18:26 IST

I have been reading all the comments posted here about the number of times our PM and Sonia Gandhi have taken vows. But I would like to kindly remind everyone we voted them to power twice-back to back. Were we not aware of the hollowness of the vows after the first five years. Sad!

from:  Aiswarya
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 18:11 IST

There is a saying, which goes as follows:

"Make your words sweet as you never know when you may have to eat them!"

But these seemingly sweet words, coming time and again from the PM and the Congress President, ironically are sounding bitter!

Let us talk less and do more. This applies to all of us.

from:  PVL Narasimham
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 17:10 IST

They have exhausted their quota of vows. Let them make room for others to practice their vows after 2014.

from:  VMN
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 17:08 IST

Even before the news of devastation in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkhand has been fully understood and is being ascribed to the denudation of forests without replanting of local tree saplings, our twin leaders of the ruling party are laying foundation of a power plant in the higher reaches of Kishtwar valley in Jammu. I hope the Ministry of environment and forests stops such activities till proper Enivronment management plans are debated and approved to avoid disasters in the future in the garb of development.

from:  S V venkatesh
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 17:08 IST

These people really good at parenting and they know exactly what to say to a crying baby(indians) like "don't cry, will fight with those bad guys".

from:  Tammu
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 17:05 IST

Just making fool of people!!!!

from:  Raj Kamal Gujral
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 16:26 IST

our Government was fighting,is fighting and will keep on fighting the
terrorist without any end

from:  Ramankumar
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 16:21 IST

To George Varghese:
You are referring to pre 9/11, when other nations were yet to realize the danger of terrorism...India had to fight on her own without any
support whatsoever.

Let us discuss that happened yesterday/today. What concrete steps have congress taken to STOP this, Same old broken record "vow"

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 16:17 IST

I wish by merely taking a vow, terrorism could be countered!

from:  Rajeev Ranjan
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 16:17 IST

It is good to the commitment being exhibited by PM and Sonia in the
country's progress.

from:  Subramaniam D
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 16:09 IST

The country has become sick of these dumb sentences from Mr.Singh and
Sonia.I hope people of our nation in the interest of our future India
will throw this lame government out of power in 2014.

from:  Shiva B
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 16:06 IST

Dear Hindu,

Could you please remind them how many times they have made the same

from:  Midhun
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 15:35 IST

Of course they won't succeed because you succeeded in destroying the country single-handedly.

from:  Harsukh
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 15:20 IST

wow! So early they have decided to take vow!

from:  Ankit Trivedi
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 15:03 IST

We still remember the 'iron man' Home Minister accompanying the hard-core terrorist!!!

from:  George Varghese
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:57 IST

Theek Hai ...

from:  Chandra Prakash
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:56 IST

Ridiculous and Inefficient congress government. Ashamed of you.

from:  Chinnasamy Subramanian
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:55 IST

How many tributes they had paid to char dham pilgrims? What afflictes this polity?

from:  Martin Kurian
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:54 IST

Who they have been nursing Terrorists are talking of fight, may be in

from:  Nirvikar Goel
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:52 IST

Every time when terror attack happens, this seems to be the remark of Congress & its president.

from:  Surinder
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:52 IST

Simply ... Hopeless

from:  Sachin
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:37 IST

it's really funny that manmohan singh vowed to fight terror. It's better
he gets down from PM post as under congress and specially under him,
this country will always stay under the fear of terrorist attacks. This
government which is full of scamsters can't even provide bullet proof
gear and latest weapons to our security forces and they talk about
vowing to fight terror.

from:  rocky
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:29 IST

This 'kid glove' policy will never bring peace in J&K. I have lived and
served in J&K for Three years. My observation is the micro separatists
have been threatening common man and so an image of entire J&K is not
following the mainstream. If the Central Government initiates very firm
and stern action, things will come to normal.

from:  Saranathan
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:25 IST

For 65 years now, we have been listening to the vows and promises that
are hollow. Be it terror attacks or the calamities like Uttarakhand, the
dynastic government has been ineffective in providing relief.

from:  Aparna Gunjikar
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 14:09 IST

These spineless people will do nothing. Thousands of army and police people have been killed by Terrorists and Naxals. These guys will just do lip service. Media is also responsible for this. One Naxal or Kashmiri is killed, media will splash all news with that. Army or policmen dies, they will mention in side note.

from:  Shyam
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 13:53 IST

Thousand times vows have been taken by the incompetent congress government.
Wake up Indians.

from:  Ashok Gupta
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 13:47 IST

How many times do you want us to trust your same old hollow statements?

from:  Prabodh Prakash
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 13:40 IST

"Manmohan, Sonia vow to fight terror" for the 100th time?

from:  Abhishek Pathak
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 13:37 IST

Manmohan, Sonia vow to fight terror by not playing cricket with the Militant team OR Pakistan ?

from:  venkat
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 13:33 IST
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