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Militants will have to accept ceasefire: Pakistani lawmakers

Source: PTI
May 16, 2003 20:04 IST
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A Pakistani delegation of parliamentarians touring India on Friday said militants in their country will be left with no option but to accept a ceasefire if India and Pakistan continue to have increased people-to-people interaction.

The delegation's leader, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, said this when asked if he was upset over the militants' rejection of a suggestion by People's Democratic Party leader, Mehbooba Mufti, that the ultras call a ceasefire to encourage an Indo-Pak dialogue.

He said the delegation on its return to Pakistan will submit a detailed report to Prime Minister Mir Zaffarullah Khan Jamali.

The parliamentarians, who came to India on the invitation of Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy, will cross over to Pakistan late on Friday night.

Asked about their experience in the country, Khakwani said, "It has been wonderful and I hope that a parliamentarian delegation will also come from India to Pakistan."

About their meeting with the Kashmir Committee led by Ram Jethmalani, he said, "The talks were fruitful and we were unanimous on the view that we should try to iron out differences between the two countries and contribute for peace."

He said he will request the Pakistani government to set up an official Kashmir Committee as soon as possible so that the two panels could meet and contribute towards peace.

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