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'11/7 should not halter peace talks'

Omar Abdullah also demanded sacking of Gujarat CM Modi, blaming him for an oppressive attitude towards Muslims.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2006 19:50 IST

Jammu and Kashmir's main opposition party National Conference on Sunday said that the Mumbai blasts and the Srinagar grenade attacks should not overshadow the peace process between India and Pakistan.

Terror strikes in Mumbai and Srinagar should not be allowed to choke the process of dialogue between the two countries, NC President Omar Abdullah said during a public meeting at Cherkote-Lolab in Kupwara district.

Reminding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of his promise in Srinagar that past mistakes would not be repeated, Omar urged him to carry forward the dialogue process to provide a sense of security to the people of Kashmir.

"Benefit from the suspension of talks will be reaped by elements who do not want to take the negotiations to a logical end," he said.

Appreciating the flexibility shown by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf over the peace dialogue, the NC President appealed to the Prime Minister to adopt a similar attitude so that the hopes generated at the international level by the process of talks were not diminished.

He also demanded the sacking of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible for an oppressive attitude towards Muslims in the state.

"Narendra Modi adopted an oppressive attitude towards Muslims inciting them for a hostile atmosphere for bomb blasts and bloodshed in Gujarat and Mumbai. He should be dismissed," Omar said.

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