Tuesday, January 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi

J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

J-K Sikhs for strike against Pak
Tribune News Service

Jammu, January 7
Several Sikh organisations at a meeting here today adopted a resolution urging the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to “launch a decisive war” against Pakistan.

The resolution said the time had come when India should strike and destroy the springs of terrorism across the border. “India need not be soft anymore because Pakistan-backed terrorists had shed enough blood in the state and elsewhere,” it said.

The meeting which was presided over by Mr Mohinder Singh, chief organiser of the Bhai Kanahiya Jee Nishkan Seva Society, and attended by Mr Jagdev Singh, president of the state Akali Dal, Mr Paramjit Singh, president of the state unit of the All-India Sikh Students Federation, Mr Manmohan Singh chairman, camp unit, and several others expressed concern over the “warlike situation” on the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir.

The resolution said that continued firing and shelling by Pakistani troops on the Indian border villages in Jammu sector had caused severe difficulties to the people.




A mother feeds her children at a refugee camp in Akhnoor, 32 km southwest of Jammu, on Monday. — Reuters.

It said that it was the right time that India retaliated to silence the Pakistan and end the menace of terrorism in the state by destroying the arms training camps across the border.

It called upon the state and the central government to take in hand adequate measures to mitigate the suffering of several thousand people who had migrated from the border villages on account of heavy Pakistan shelling.

The Sikh organisations also appealed to the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, to direct his ministerial colleagues to visit the border areas and mitigate the problems of the people. They also suggested that the Chief Minister should convene a meeting of the representatives of border migrants and discuss their problems.

The organisations constituted a committee which would tour the affected villages and organise relief measures for them.


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