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J&K Govt willing to talk to separatists: Azad

The J&K CM said that the vital sectors of the state's economy, especially tourism, were the worst hit.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 12:24 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Hoping that separatists and the Hurriyat Conference will understand the importance of resolving issues through dialogue, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said the government was willing to talk to any person who shuns violence.

Dialogue is the only route to solve all complex problems and separatists and other groups are expected to participate in future talks, Azad told reporters at Bhaderwah in Doda district on Sunday.

He said that due to terrorism, the state has heavily suffered on all fronts and the vital sectors of our economy, especially tourism was the worst hit.

Thousands of innocents lost their lives and more than a lakh were rendered orphans and widows besides infrastructure worth hundreds of crores of rupees being razed to the ground, he said.

Azad said that he has already issued strict instructions to the security forces for avoiding any collateral loss to property or life while combating terrorism but at the same time he emphasised that human rights violations being resorted to by terrorists are to be condemned by one and all, so that no innocent is killed or harmed by the terrorists in the state.

About the five working groups announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the second round-table conference at Srinagar, Azad said that three of them have already met and the remaining two groups will also be meeting very soon.

"After completion of the first round of meetings at Srinagar, these groups would hold the second round at Jammu and the third at New Delhi," he said.

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 12:24 IST