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India for peace, says Advani

AHGAM (South Kashmir) MAY 7. The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today reiterated that India was always for peace and Pakistan was exposed after the Chatti Singhpora massacre.

Dedicating an Army-run school at Ahgam village today, he said that before the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee's Lahore yatra and the defeat of Pakistan at Kargil, many countries had supported that country on Kashmir.

``But now Pakistan has been isolated diplomatically and the world community has realised that India's stand on Kashmir was right,'' he added.

During Mr. Clinton's visit to the sub-continent, Pakistan wanted to the Kashmir issue after the massacre. But it proved counter productive for them and the Pak-sponsored cross border terrorism was exposed.

Lauding the Army in guarding the borders, Mr. Advani said the Army had set an example by adopting Ahgam as a model village in which the Sadhbavna Middle School had been constructed.

The Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, said Pakistan would never succeed in wresting Kashmir. ``Pakistan cannot occupy Kashmir and will taste defeat like the one in Kargil,'' he said. Earlier the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Lt. Gen. Krishan Pal, outlined the objectives of Sadhbhavna Project which was taken by the Victor Force soon after the village was destroyed. About Rs. one crore was spent for constructing school, community development centre, canning centre and vocational centre and the children's park. The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. V. P. Malik, and his wife, Dr. Ranjana Malik, the BJP general secretary, Mr. Narendra Modi, and the State DGP, Mr. Gurbachan Jagat were present.