"Violence no means to resolve any issue"

Shujaat Bukhari

KREERI (BARAMULLA): Asking the gun wielding youth of Kashmir to see the writing on the wall and give up arms, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that global opinion was against violence which was not seen as a means to resolve any issue. He said the peace process in Kashmir was irreversible and there would be no compromise on the honour and dignity of people while finding a solution to the Kashmir problem.

Addressing a public meeting here after laying the foundation stone for the "Model Village" under Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan, Mr. Sayeed said "people globally discredit acts of violence and a campaigning against such acts was gaining momentum."

He referred to recent incidents in Pulwama and Srinagar and said "what do they (militants) get out of killing innocents." Instead, he suggested to them to be part of the democratic process. Referring to the terror attacks in Ayodhya and London this week, the Chief Minister said it was beyond doubt that people at the global level did not favour violence. He claimed that an atmosphere against violence was building up in Kashmir also.

Mr. Sayeed said the ongoing peace process needs to be strengthened and taken forward. He praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his special interest in Kashmir and showing keenness in going ahead with the peace process. "I strongly believe that this (process) will bring relief to the people." He said there was complete freedom for the Hurriyat Conference to go to the people and express its view-point.

Accompanied by Rural Development Minister and PCC chief Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Finance Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig and others, the Chief Minister paid obeisance at the revered shrine of Haji Syed Mohammad Murad Bukhari.

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