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Silence the gun for time being: Shah to militants

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Apr 16 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister G M Shah today appealed to the militant leadership to ''silence the guns'' for the time being and take part in the ongoing dialogue process aimed at resolving the long-festering Kashmir issue. ''The role of the militants in highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international level is remarkable. It is due to the gun that the world community has accepted the Kashmir dispute,'' he said.

Mr Shah, who is the chief patron of the Awami National Conference (ANC), called upon the militant leadership to give peace a chance.

''If the dialogue process failed to resolve the Kashmir issue, they (militants) could again take up the gun,'' he added.

Mr Shah said an intra-Kashmir conference will be organised by the ANC here in the first week of June this year.

Addressing a news conference here, he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK) President Sardar Mohammad Anwar Khan would be invited to take part in the three-day conference scheduled to be held from June 2.

Mr Shah said his party would soon send the invitations to leaders of both the countries to attend the conference.

The former Chief Minister said the ANC had proposed to hold the conference in 2001 and invited people from several countries to attend it.

''But, the Government of India refused them travel documents and the conference was then cancelled,'' he added.

Mr Shah said the vexed Kashmir issue could not be resolved till the people of the state were involved in the dialogue process.

The ANC Chief Patron also said that he would attend the Prime Minister's second round-table conference on Kashmir here in May, if invited.


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