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Era of violence ending in J&K: PM
ANANTNAG (JAMMU AND KASHMIR), OCT 28 (IANS):
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Published on 28 Oct. 2009 10:46 PM IST
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Prime Manmohan Singh Wednesday said the era of violence was “coming to an end” in Jammu and Kashmir and that the people wanted “peace and peaceful resolution of all problems”. “The era of violence and terrorism (in Jammu and Kashmir) is coming to an end. The public sentiment is for peace and for a peaceful resolution of all problems,” Manmohan Singh said. He was addressing a large public gathering on the inaugural of new train service in the Kashmir valley that will connect the south Kashmir Qazigund town with Srinagar and other parts in the north of the valley. The prime minister’s remarks echoed the recent union home ministry report which said the violence graph was at its lowest now. According the ministry, the number of violent incidents fell to 707 this year from 3,041 in the previous in the state where nearly 70,000 people have died in the two-decade old separatist war. In a virtual replay of what Vajpayee had said in April 2003, the Pakistan-born Manmohan Singh said in chaste Urdu: “I appeal to the government of Pakistan that the hand of friendship that we have extended should be carried forward. This is in the interest of people of India and Pakistan.” “I call upon the people and government of Pakistan to show sincerity and good faith. As I have said many times before, we will not be found wanting in our response,” Manmohan Singh said. J&K has a special place in secular India: Sonia United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said Kashmir has a “special place in secular democracy of India” and that all problems can be resolved through “democratic process of dialogue”. “There would always be problems, but there is no problem that cannot be resolved through the democratic process of dialogue,” Sonia Gandhi told a large public gathering which had turned out despite chilly weather and extraordinary security restrictions. “Kashmir has a special place in the secular democracy of India,” she said. The UPA chairperson reminded the people that development of Kashmir could take place only if there was peace. The valley would soon be connected with the Jammu region and the rest of the country through a rail link, she added. “Tourism here must not only regain its old glory, but should also excel it.” “The rail link between the valley and the rest of the country would also result in increased brotherhood between the people living here and outside,” she said. She ent down the memory lane here Wednesday as she recalled the special love and affection India’s former prime minister Indira Gandhi had for Kashmir. “She had come to Kashmir on Oct 28 in 1984 for the last time and we are here today (Wednesday) on the same day.” “She loved Kashmir so much that she came here to see the changing colours of the Chinar leaves before parting from us forever,” Sonia Gandhi said. Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her Sikh bodyguards in New Delhi Oct 31, 1984.

 
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