J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

Pak refuses to condemn threat to bus
M.L. Kak

Jammu, April 5
Instead of openly condemning the threat of blowing up the bus to Muzaffarabad the establishment in Pakistan has taken shelter in diplomatic jargon by advocating the need for settlement of the Kashmir issue which would dilute all such threats.

While Mr Jaleel Abbas Jeelani,spokesman of the Pakistan Foreign Office, said the threats issued by militants had no justification, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said that there would be no scope for a threat if India showed willingness to discuss the Kashmir issue.

He said there was no such threat for passengers travelling from Uri to Muzaffarabad even though the government had taken security measures for ensuring the safety of the passengers.

Mr Jeelani and Mr Rashid, in fact, wanted to convey that terrorism existed only in Jammu and Kashmir which was the result of the disputed territory.



No doubt, Mr Jeelani said the threat issued by militants had no justification but he did not condemn it.

In Jammu the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohd Sayyed, has said that “threat or no threat” the bus service will operate on the Jehlum valley road.

Mufti Sayeed told mediapersons yesterday, “Nobody in the world can stop the bus service. Militants had threatened voters but people came out in large numbers to cast their votes. In the same way people will travel to Muzaffarabad and from Muzaffarabad to Srinagar.”

He said, “If it is a trickle this time in the near future the movement of passengers will be more and the fleet of buses running on the Jehlum valley road will increase.”

The Chief Minister did not want to make an issue out of the refusal of permission to Kashmiri politicians to travel to Muzaffarabad. He said the basic purpose was to enable members of the divided families to meet.

He said despite threats the caravan will move.” In near future many other routes will be thrown open, including the Suchetgarh-Sialkot road,” he added.

Sunset at world famous Dal-lake in Srinagar. The gloomy cold days have given way to bright warmer days and the valley is glistening in sunshine. — ANI



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |