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Peace process with Pak not failed: Pranab

He added that withdrawal of troops from J&K was a voluntary decision and that troops will be provided when needed.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 16:42 IST

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said thatpeace initiatives with Pakistan is an ongoing process which cannot be "switched on and off", thus putting off rumours about the failure of the process.

"It cannot be switched on and off. It is a continuing process. It is taking time, just as in many other parts of the world. We need not be disheartened," he told reporters.

Terming international terrorism as the "biggest menace" to world peace in the post-Cold War era, Mukherjee said that the major threat were terrorists, who wantedto sabotage the peace initiatives.

On the question of sending additional troops to Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said "when we withdrew our troops, I had said that it was our voluntary action, keeping in mind our assessment of the situation prevailing there.

"I had also said that troop supportwill provided as and when the state government asks for it. I have already instructed the officials concerned to respond to the request of the state government to send troops," Mukherjee said.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 16:42 IST