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VHP will train 3 lakh youths to fight Pak-sponsored terrorism

VHP will train 3 lakh youths to fight Pak-sponsored terrorism

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Publication: The Times of India
Date: April 9, 2001
 
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said on Sunday that it would recruit 30 lakh 'Bajrang youths' and train three lakh of them to fight Pakistan-sponsored militancy in the country.

"We will recruit 30 lakh 'Bajrang youths' and train three lakh of them throughout the country from September this year to fight fundamentalist outfits sponsored by Pakistan, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir," international general secretary of VHP Praveen Bhai told journalists here.

However, the method to fight the fundamental forces would be fully democratic and not violent. He said that the remaining 27 lakh youths would be trained in phases.

The training would be imparted at 28 places with 10,000 youths each taking part in these, he said, adding that they would be sent to different states to perform their duties.

Nearly 50,000 youths would be recruited from J&K alone for the training, he added. Terming the Kashmir issue as religious, he said it was wrong to consider it a political issue. "We have differences with the government over the issue of talks in Kashmir. We support a political initiative. But you cannot talk to people holding guns and killing civilians and security forces ruthlessly in the state," Mr Bhai said.

In a related development, Kashmiri Pandits have dubbed as ,vague' the Centres announcement to hold talks with Kashmiri groups, while the state Congress asserted it would have nothing to do with the dialogue if it was concentrated on the Hurriyat Conference.

Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum, another Kashmiri group, said the Centre's decision to hold talks came too late. "We welcome the government's announcement to hold talks and nomination of K.C. Pant for the purpose. But if the proposed talks are to concentrate on the Hurriyat, then we are out of it," J&K Pradesh Congress president Mohammad Shafi Qureshi said in Delhi.

Asserting the Hurriyat was not the true voice of the people and was non-existent in most parts of the state, Mr Qureshi said the conglomerate of 23 separatist organisations had contradictory views on various issues.

The Hurriyat does not have any support in most of the state, particularly in Ladakh and Jammu, he said, advocating involvement of an mainstream political parties in talks.

Stating Kashmiri Pandits were an essential party, Panun Kashmir spokesman Ramesh Manvati asserted "without our involvement, any talks will be meaningless and fruitless."

"Ours is an ethnic community whose roots can be traced as far back as 5,000 years. We are also the main sufferers of the on-going militancy, making us an essential party while deciding the future of Kashmir," he said. (PTI)
 


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