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Mass movement for peace and development in J

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Apr 14 (UNI) Stressing the importance of dialogue to solve all contentious issues, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said a mass movement, aimed at peace and development, was brewing up in the state.

''A fresh mass movement is emerging in the state for accomplishment of the goal of peace and khushali and no General Dyer can stop the same,'' he said, referring to the British soldier had ordered troops to open fire on peaceful, unarmed protestors in Jallianwala Bagh on Baisakhi day in 1919.

Addressing a conference a seminar on the ''Peace process and Vision of Khushali,' organised here, Mr Azad expressed confidence that all complex issues could be settled through dialogue.

''After the successful first Roundtable conference in New Delhi, the subsequent conference at Srinagar next month will prove more fruitful,'' he added, and appealed to all right-thinking people to come forward to strengthen the dialogue process for everlasting peace and accomplishment of vision of 'Khushali' in the state.

Noting that the changing situation of the world has prevailed over the authorities of pakistan particularly President General Pervez Musharraf, ''who has himself now started speaking about peace,'' Mr Azad lauded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for initiating the peace process through dialogue as it was even warmly responded by General musharraf, who ruled out recourse to the United Nations' resolutions and option of independence.

Appreciating Musharraf's belief in peace, Mr Azad called on Pakistan's television and radio to ''also synchronise the contents of their broadcasts on the same lines and avoid spread of venom and hatred through their programmes.'' UNI RKS VD HS1856

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