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August 23, 2000
Be firm with Pak, say Kashmiri Pandits: PTI
Several overseas Kashmiri Pandit organisations asked Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take a firm stand against Pakistan, which is perpetrating violence in Jammu and Kashmir and indulging in large-scale killing of innocent people.
"At this crucial moment in history, India needs to stand up against terrorism, violence and fundamentalism perpetrated by Pakistan and as a nation should resist, thwart, punish and defeat all such forces, which are out to undermine integrity and unity of the nation," nearly 30 organisations of the Kashmir Pandits said in an open letter to Vajpayee on Wednesday.
The letter, a copy of which was sent to PTI, said, "India should make its choices, independent of pressures and stop worrying about repercussions. No country will help or respect another country that is unable to defend itself."
Recalling the parliamentary resolution of 1994 to liberate Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from Islamabad's illegal occupation, the letter said, "India should formulate a concrete plan to accomplish this mission which we would welcome and strongly support."
"The lack of a clear, strong and effective policy on Kashmir has so far cost India very dearly and we have been at the receiving end," it said.
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