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Stop the dance of death in Kashmir: PM
Onkar Singh in Srinagar | April 18, 2003 14:03 IST
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday said the dance of death must stop in Kashmir and those weilding the gun must realise that the world opinion is against them.
He assured Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's government that Delhi would back Jammu and Kashmir's development agenda.
Hoping that in the years to come Kashmir would regain its glory, Vajpayee said: "What is important is that Kashmiriyat should remain intact. I have laid the foundation stone for the expansion of the Srinagar airport. Soon, international flights would be able to take off and land there."
Recalling the promise he made on August 15, 2002 from the ramparts of Red Fort, he said: "I had promised free and fair elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Some friends came and told me 'Vajpayeeji yeh kya keh diya. Kashmir can never have free and fair elections.' We held the elections and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is now the chief minister of a new government," he said.
Earlier in the day, Vajpayee laid the foundation stone for Srinagar airport's expansion. Reporters were barred from this function.
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