Setback to talks between Hizb, government

Last Updated: Monday, August 7, 2000 - 00:00

In a new turn to the ongoing ceasefire talks, the Hizbul Mujahideen on Monday accused Prime Minister A B Vajpayee of changing his stand and asked the Centre to come out with a fresh and unequivocal statement that the government wants to have an unconditional dialogue with the organisation.

In a new turn to the ongoing ceasefire talks, the Hizbul Mujahideen on Monday accused Prime Minister A B Vajpayee of changing his stand and asked the Centre to come out with a fresh and unequivocal statement that the government wants to have an unconditional dialogue with the organisation.

In a statement, Hizbul's Chief Commander Abdul Majid Dar said, “Vajpayee's statement in New Delhi on Sunday that the talks on Jammu and Kashmir issue with Hizbul Mujahideen would have to be held within the framework of the constitution has dashed all the hopes generated among the common people that dark days are numbered as the Hizb announced ceasefire and the government responded positively''

Dar, who made the surprise announcement of a unilateral ceasefire on July 24, said that the fresh statement from the government was all the more necessary as the head of the government changed his stand within four days of bringing Hizbul Mujahideen at a cross road -- whether to stand by its promise (of ceasefire) or not.

Report: Zeenext Bureau



First Published: Monday, August 7, 2000 - 00:00
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