Talks Meaningless When Guns Speak, Says Vajpayee

Jammu, Aug 29: | Updated: Aug 30 2003, 05:30am hrs
Observing that the situation is not normal for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, Prime Minister AB Vajpayee has said meaningful talks are not possible in the face of continuing terrorist violence.

Winding up his two-day visit to J&K, Mr Vajpayee also said here on Friday that if the Hurriyat leaders were ready to talk to the government, they were welcome. He also annou-nced a 9-point third economic package for the state.

The government was willing to talk to anyone but they must lay down arms, Mr Vajpayee told a crowded press conference here on being asked whether militant outfit Hizb-ul Mujahideen would be invited for parleys.

On resumption of talks with Pakistan, he said terrorist violence is going on. People are being killed. Then, how can meaningful talks take place

There is violence along the border. Terrorist activities are going on. Whatever happened yesterday (in Srinagar) clearly shows that the situation is not normal. How can talks take place without normalcy.

PTI