Announcing the extension on Thursday, Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee said the measure was aimed at boosting the fledgeling peace process in the disputed region. But he also warned militant groups that despite the truce the security forces would take tough action against any group that continued to launch attacks on Indian targets. India first announced its ceasefire on November 27 for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the measure has now been extended three times.
But the truce has been rejected by all the armed separatist groups involved in the year rebellion in Indian-administered Kashmir, which has claimed more than 34 lives in the past 12 years. First, the hijacking drama must be brought to an end. To demonstrate that human life transcends ethnic and religious divides, Islamabad should join New Delhi and offer all its military and intelligence resources to free the hostages.
The U. Second, while New Delhi cannot be seen as bowing to terrorist demands by releasing jailed dissidents, it is clear the Kashmir crisis will never be resolved by following its present hard-headed line of thinking. The time has come for India to demonstrate its maturity as a democracy ready to foster regional development by taking the first steps toward peace rather than maintaining its stance as a petulant power eager to reincorporate unruly vassal states. Shabbir's neighbour, Mohammad Sadiq, echoed his views.
Sadiq, a hotelier, said his business had been ruined during the days of unrelenting shelling, but it picked up momentum after the guns fell silent along the heavily militarized LoC. We had no respite, neither in the day nor at night," he recalled, adding: "But, now there is a pleasant change.
I am happy to be able to earn my livelihood after a long time. Student Yasir Mahmood urged both India and Pakistan "to find ways to let the people of Kashmir live in peace. But, who knows how long the truce will remain in place? Indian and Pakistani leaders need to work out a lasting solution to the root cause," said the 10th grade student. Two Texas fugitives holed up in Colorado motel.
Quick drug use improves heart attack survival chances. Millions of Chinese journey home for lunar new year. Go To Search CNN. From an Indian standpoint, the movement for self-determination virtually came to an end with the accord. Within the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq believed that Abdullah had relinquished the Kashmiris' right of self-determination. The Jana Sangh in Jammu and Delhi protested against this accord.
As always opposed to the special treatment meted out to the valley in preference of Jammu, Jana Sangh supporters wanted article to be abrogated and the whole state included in the Indian Union, like all the other states. Recalling the accord, Zargar said that its terms were deeply unpopular among NC-PF's activists and mass following, and swallowed as a bitter pill only because Abdullah had accepted the accord Not everyone agreed or acquiesced - a young Valley-based activist, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, formed an organization called the People's League in the mids to keep the quest for self-determination alive.
Critics of the Sheikh's seeming "capitulation" to the government of India in overlook the pervasive power of the Indian state, which had infiltrated into political, socioeconomic, cultural and educational institutions. Khan 6 August Palgrave Macmillan US. Click here for more background reports. Indian peace moves. Who are the militants?
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