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Complaint with UN on cards: Omar
Jammu, October 31
India will lodge a protest with the UN for the controversial statement of the General heading the UN observer force in Jammu and Kashmir in which he termed the state as a “tormented country”.
“We will soon write to the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, in this direction”, the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Omar Abdullah, told reporters here today.

Seminar throws up conflicting views
Jammu, October 31
India has to fight terrorism on its own. If Pakistan refuses to stop aiding terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir “we should have the right to carry out military operations against the Pak troops.”
These and other recommendations were made at a two-day seminar on “Jammu and Kashmir" The Way Ahead, which opened here today. Lt General J.B.S. Yadava, Corps Commander 16 Corps, and Dr Renuka Chowdhary, Head, Department of Political Science, Jammu University, brought academics, senior Army officers, politicians, journalists and security experts together to evolve suggestions for the resolution of the Kashmir turmoil.


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Complaint with UN on cards: Omar

Jammu, October 31
India will lodge a protest with the UN for the controversial statement of the General heading the UN observer force in Jammu and Kashmir in which he termed the state as a “tormented country”.

“We will soon write to the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, in this direction”, the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Omar Abdullah, told reporters here today.

Taking a strong exception to the statement of the UN Chief Military Observer, Maj Gen Herman Liodolt, the minister said, “He has no business to meddle with the internal affairs of our country. We will lodge a strong protest with the UN.”

Stating that India never gave much importance to the United Nations Military Observer Group (unmogp), he said they should perform their duty and should not “mess with anything else”. Stating that as of now India did not contemplate to cross the Line of Control, Mr Abdullah said “but we as a sovereign nation reserve every right to protect the boundaries and people of our country.”

India’s maintenance of maximum restraint “should not be taken as cowaradice”, he said, adding that the country reserved military option in case of continuance of aiding and abetting of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

At a seminar, earlier, he said the main solution to the Kashmir issue lay in bringing an end to Pakistan’s support to terrorism in the state. PTI

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No plan to cross LoC: minister
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 31
The Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Omar Abdullah, has said the UN Military Observers Group (UNMOG) had no right to air its provocative statements at a press conference in Srinagar.

He told mediapersons here today that after India had derecognised UNMOG, its chief had no business to air his views on Kashmir. He said he had exceeded his brief by describing Kashmir as a country and by suggesting US intervention for resolving the issue. He said, “We have our men in UN peace-keeping missions but they do not go beyond their brief.” In reply to a question, Mr Abdullah said, “We have no plan to cross the LoC”. When reminded about Dr Farooq Abdullah’s announcement that he was for fighting the war in the enemy territory, the minister said, “I differ with my father but there are no differences in the NDA government on this.”
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Seminar throws up conflicting views
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 31
India has to fight terrorism on its own. If Pakistan refuses to stop aiding terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir “we should have the right to carry out military operations against the Pak troops.”

These and other recommendations were made at a two-day seminar on “Jammu and Kashmir" The Way Ahead, which opened here today. Lt General J.B.S. Yadava, Corps Commander 16 Corps, and Dr Renuka Chowdhary, Head, Department of Political Science, Jammu University, brought academics, senior Army officers, politicians, journalists and security experts together to evolve suggestions for the resolution of the Kashmir turmoil.

The GOC-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt-General R.K. Nanavatty setting the tone for discussion said “we must remain prepared for military operations, fight on our own whatever may be the outcome of the US strike in Afghanistan.”

Gen Nanavatty said “we are committed to observe restraint on the LoC, on actual position in Siachen and on the International Border but if the Pakistani troops and the terrorists continue to do hostile acts, we have the right to take military action against the Pakistani army and the terrorists.” The Army commander described the conflict and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir “serious” and added that it posed a challenge to the “security of our country.”

General Nanavatty said that the nation had failed to meet the aspirations of people. It was exploited by Pakistan. Result was that “we are faced with a relentless war from Pakistan in the guise of freedom struggle.” He said Pakistan wanted the state’s accession process to be reversed so as to assimilate the region and Islamabad “has non concern for the aspirations of people in Kashmir.”

The Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Omar Abdullah, had a dig at the Army commander by saying that bad governance and failure to meet the aspirations of people, which included free and fair poll, were not restricted only to Jammu and Kashmir state only. Other states had no better record than Kashmir. The ongoing turmoil he said, was thus the outcome of Pak machinations. He said Pakistan’s support to terrorism had resulted in death and destruction in Kashmir.

Deviating from the written text Mr Omar Abdullah said “there can be no political but military solution to the Kashmir problem.” He said “can we engage Pakistan in a dialogue when it aided terrorists to carry out armed attack on Assembly complex in Srinagar on October 1.”

Governor G.C. Saxena inaugurating the seminar, said that the political and security problems in the state rose when Pakistan violated the spirit of Simla Agreement. He said that it may be 1965, 1971 wars or the Kargil conflict Pakistan tried to pose a threat to India’s political and security stability.

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