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Vajpayee against demilitarisation of Kashmir

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New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today cautioned the government against the designs of Pakistan, saying the nighbouring country was, on one hand, harping on peace talks but engaging in war preparations on the other.

''The Government should not be found wanting in being adequately prepared for any eventuality and keep its troops deplayed in the required number on the borders,'' he said, participating in the discussion on the Adjournment Motion in the Lok Sabha on the Doda killings.

Stressing that no part of land of India should be allowed to be taken away, he said this called for vigilance. Referring to the plea for demilitarisation, he said troops should be deployed wherever they were required.

Referring to Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee's statements on demilitarisation of Siachen, he said these were ''contradictory and misleading.'' ''One statement said that forces would not be withdrawan while the other said there was no proposal -- for the present -- for removing forces from there, which gave the impression that forces could be withdrawn at a later date,'' he said.

''The Defence Minister should use his words cautiously and refrain from using words that caused confusion,'' Mr Vajpayee said.

The former Prime Minister said that he was for restoration of the situation prevailing in Doda since 1994 until before the recent killings.

UNI YS VD HT1821

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