Union Home Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani said on Wednesday that the peace initiative started by the
government on Jammu and Kashmir would yield desired results.
He told rediff.com after opening an exhibition of
line cartoons by Ranga, that things were moving in the right
"We have started peace talks with various people
on Jammu and Kashmir. I have no doubt that the things
are moving in the right direction and the process of
dialogue started by the Government of India would
yield desired results," he said.
However the home minister refused to answer a question
about the escalation of tension on the Indo-Bangladesh
Later, Minister of State for Home Affairs I D Swami said that the appointment of K C Pant, the
deputy chairman of the Planning Commission to hold talks with various factions in Kashmir, was going on
"The message has gone loud and clear to all those who
are interested in bringing peace in Kashmir that the
government was making a sincere effort to solve the
problem. We hope that all those who want to see peace
in Kashmir would come forward and participate in the
talks initiated by Pantji," he said.
On whether the Hurriyat Conference had sent
positive signals on holding talks with the
government representative, Swami said that government feedback pointed in that direction.
"The Hurriyat Conference held a meeting in Srinagar
to consider the government proposal and our feedback is
that they too have got a message and we hope that they
would respond positively," Swami told rediff.com.
Pant has invited former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister G M Shah todiscuss the Kashmir problem and give his
suggestions. Shah would meet Pant on April 24, he added.
learnt that various militant factions and political
parties from the state have also been extended similar
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