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Rein in terrorists if you want peace with India: Mufti tells Pak

Accused of being soft on separatists, J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Sunday condemned the two back-to-back terror attacks in the state, terming these as a “conspiracy” to derail the peace process and asked Pakistan to rein in the terrorists. He made the statement in the state Assembly, which adopted a resolution condemning the attacks on a police station and an Army camp in Kathua and Samba areas of Jammu on Friday and Saturday, after witnessing ruckus.

“The forces behind the attacks need to be identified. The people of J&K have given a mandate of power to move ahead. This attack is a conspiracy to derail peace as peace is about to return — much like after 2003. I want such peace,” he told the Assembly after the Opposition created uproar demanding adjournment of the Question Hour. Condemning the terror attacks, he said that the people of the state have a strong resolve and some terrorist attacks will not deter them. 

Sending out a message to Pakistan, Sayeed said, “If they want peace, reconciliation, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, its establishment must control them (terrorists).” At the same time, he described Pakistan as a “victim” of terrorism.

“Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism. Pakistan itself has been caught in the web of terrorism. If their Prime Minister says they are unable to do anything (to control terrorism). So this is our fight also,” Sayeed said.

“Let me tell their (Pakistan) Prime Minister and their establishment that if they want peace and friendship with us and continue the process (peace), then they must control them (terrorists),” he said.

Mufti has been accused of being soft on separatists and had come under attack for describing those who attack police station in Kathua as ‘non-state actors’. When Congress Legislative party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora wanted an explanation from the Chief Minister as to why he described the terrorists like that.

“They (terrorists) are not being taught Islam. I don’t know what they are being taught that they go out to kill people,” said Sayeed.

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