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APHC chief appeals to Delhi, Islamabad

A Hurriyat Conference activist, protesting against the alleged human rights violations by the security forces in the Kashmir Valley, being arrested at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Friday.

A Hurriyat Conference activist, protesting against the alleged human rights violations by the security forces in the Kashmir Valley, being arrested at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Friday.  

JAMMU SEPT. 25. The chairman of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, has appealed to the Indian and Pakistani leadership to observe restraint and not blame each other as it would prove a setback to the peace process started by them.

Referring to the speech by the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, at the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, Mr. Ansari said on Thursday: "There is no need for spoiling the good atmospherics generated in the last few months by India and Pakistan. The leadership of the two countries should move forward and not take a step backward."

Urging the two countries to observe restraint in making statements, he said: "It is a complex issue which requires utmost patience and restraint. There is need for reposing trust in each other rather than pointing fingers of suspicion at each other.

Both sides should display statesmanship and take a longterm view.

"We have to move forward with an open mind and forget the bitter memories of the past. Let us be guided by the hope of millions of people of the sub-continent who want to see good relations between the countries. "It is the responsibility of the rulers and politicians of India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir to start the dialogue process and work out an everlasting and acceptable solution."

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