Talks and gun cannot go together: Azad

Srinagar, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 06:32am hrs
Maintaining that the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan and the dialogue with Hurriyat Conference were proceeding on the right track, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday ruled out talks with pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit till they abjure violence.

It is our (government of India) policy not to talk to the gun-wielding militants. Our policy for Kashmir and other parts of the country is that we are ready for talks once the militants drop the gun and abjure violence, Mr Azad told mediapersons here.

The CMs remark came in response to a reporters query whether the government was ready for talks with Hizbul Mujahideen, comprising mostly Kashmiris.