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Shun violence and talk with Govt: BJP asks militant commander

india Updated: Jun 23, 2010 01:17 IST

The self-styled commander of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit Syed Salahuddin should shun violence and hold talks with the Government of India, BJP said on Tuesday.

"I suggest Syed Salahuddin to leave the gun and join mainstream which will enable him to talk to rulers of India", President of BJP Minority Morcha Tanveer Ahmad told party workers at Soibug, 32 kms from Srinagar, in Budgam district which is the home town of Salahuddin.

Mohammad Yousuf Shah had contested elections before taking up militancy and changed his name to Salahuddin.

Tanveer, who is on maiden visit to the state after becoming president, also asked separatists here to enter into dialogue with the centre.

"My sincere advise to separatists is to enter into dialogue with the Government of India so as Kashmir becomes Kushhaal (prosperous)."

Tanveer asked people to not to indulge in "subversive activities but fight for development, prosperity and employment".

He also criticised the separatists for calling strikes.

"Stone pelting and hartals will not solve any problem but compound the problems of the poor people," he said.

BJP is not enemy of Muslims but most nearest and friend of Muslims, he added.

On Pakistan, he said "Pakistan will progress and prosper only when gun and explosive is removed from its soil".

Tanveer accused the state government for not carrying developmental works.

"Soibug is a vast area but the condition of roads is bad. There appears no development work worth name in the area," he said.