Kalam unveils peace mission for J&K

Published on Jul 28, 2006 06:16 PM IST

President Kalam on Friday advocated a state-level movement to eliminate terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir.

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Recommending a four-point peace mission for terrorism-torn Jammu and Kashmir, President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday advocated a state-level movement to eliminate terrorism and the setting up of an economic zone near the Line of Control.

"Citizens must be allowed to participate in large numbers for curbing terrorism. Schools and colleges should promote value-based education right from primary education," Kalam, who is in Srinagar on a two-day visit, said in his maiden address to the state assembly in Srinagar.

Kalam, who arrived in Srinagar from Leh after inaugurating a week-long Buddhist festival, asked the state government to authorise law enforcement agencies to make Kashmir free from terrorists in a mission mode approach.

In an apparent reference to Kashmiri Pandit migrants, he said a 'conducive environment' should be created for all Kashmiris who had left the state "to return and contribute to the growth".

"The police can consider creation of open police control van patrolling services in small towns and crowded areas. There is also a need to develop highway police, highway tracking and surveillance system as also the possibility of having helicopter-based surveillance system for early detection of trouble spots and (to) render assistance," the President said.

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