Hurriyat urges Centre to declare ceasefire in J&K

Mirwaiz Omar Farooq said that the rebels would reciprocate if the Centre declares a ceasefire in the state.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 12:46 IST

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq on Tuesdayurged New Delhi to declare a ceasefire with terrorists, saying that it would convince the rebels to reciprocate.

"The cease-fire has to be comprehensive and purposeful followed by demilitarisation of the region," Mirwaiz said.

"It obviously should involve governments of India and Pakistan, and the boys (terrorists) on ground," he added.

The state has been at the core of decades-old rivalry between India and Pakistan and has sparked two of the three wars the neighbors have fought since 1947.

"If New Delhi announces a ceasefire, we'll convince (the rebels) to reciprocate," Farooq said.

Demands for a ceasefire have also been made by pro-Indian political groups in the region, including the National Conference, the main political opposition in Jammu and Kashmir.

Farooq said he was encouraged by the progress in the ongoing talks between India and Pakistan.

"The two countries have for the first time in six decades exchanged proposals on resolving the Kashmir issue, which is an unprecedented development," he said.

First Published: Dec 05, 2006 12:46 IST