'Climate not conducive for talks with Pak., militants'
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today
said conditions were not conducive for holding talks on the
Kashmir issue with ``either the militants or Pakistan''. Asked
why the ceasefire in Kashmir was not followed up by dialogue, the
Prime Minister told reporters at the helipad here, prior to his
departure for New Delhi via Kochi, that ``the atmosphere should
be conducive for talks with either militants or Pakistan''.
Vajpayee's musings on J&K, Ayodhya
In a series of two articles, the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B.
Vajpayee, reflects on how the two `legacy' problems from the
past, Kashmir and Ayodhya, can be resolved and how the foundation
for the future development of the nation can be strengthened.
Lone not to visit Pak.
In fresh rumblings in the All-Party Hurriyat
Conference a day ahead of its crucial executive council meeting,
its senior leader, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, considered a moderate,
today said he would not be a member of the Hurriyat team proposed
to visit Pakistan on January 15 and mounted a scathing attack on
hardliners in the conglomerate of separatist outfits for a
``campaign'' against him.
'Point 5353 held by India'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes,
indicated that Indian forces were now holding Point 5353, a
17,561-feet high feature which is important for the defence of a
key sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. During his
latest visit to the border areas, he stood on this peak and got
India's charge baseless, says Pak.
Pakistan today dubbed as ``baseless'' the
charge made by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, that
it was behind the threats made by a militant organisation to
attack his office, and said it unequivocally condemns terrorism
and threats of terrorist attacks.
Normal life hit in Manipur
Normal life was affected today, the second day of
the 48-hour ``Manipur Bandh'' called by Bof Meira Paribis
(women's organisation), demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces
Special Powers Act, official sources said.
Police today lobbed tear gas shells to disperse a
crowd which assembled at the residence of the Deputy
Superintendent of police, U.C. Jha, who succumbed to injuries on
Temple model for Prayag
Under tight police security, the model of the
proposed Ram temple at Ayodhya left here today for Prayag in
Uttar Pradesh, to be displayed at the three-day ``Dharma Sansad''
there beginning January 19. The model was taken by the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists.
No election to CWC: Mirdha
The chairman of Congress central election
authority, Mr. Ram Niwas Mirdha, today said there would be no
election to the party's highest policy making body, the Congress
Working Committee (CWC).