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Hurriyat hails reduction of troops in J&K

Friday 12 November 2004

SRINAGAR: Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s announcement regarding reduction of troops in Jammu and Kashmir as a good step, moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today said its executive Committee would meet after Eid-ul-Fitr to decide on resumption of stalled talks with the centre.

"It is a good step that government is reducing troops in Jammu and Kashmir," former Chairman of Hurriyat Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari told PTI adding however, the troops should treat the people of the state as their brothers.

He said troops deployed in Jammu and Kashmir should be advised that they are not occupation forces but security forces meant for security of the people.

Ansari said the question was not about the number of security forces deployed in the state but their behaviour with the people and they should treat Kashmiris like their brothers and not indulge in such activities which provoke the people to take to streets against them.

Asked whether the Prime Minister’s move would encourage them to go in for resumption of stalled talks with the centre, Ansari said the Hurriyat always maintained that talks was the only key to resolution of the Kashmir issue.

However, the talks should be positive, meaningful and result-oriented, he said.

He said the executive committee, highest decision making body of the Hurriyat, would be meeting after Eid festival to decide about the resumption of the talks.

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