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"The peace process has not failed or slowed down, though that's the intention of the terrorists. They want it sabotaged."

- Pranab Mukherjee, India’s Defense Minister

"Pakistan cannot agree to LoC as a solution as it was more of a problem than a solution."

- Khurshid M. Kasuri, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister

"I believe what the heart is to the body, Dal is to Kashmir."

- Parvez Ahmad, Tour operator in Kashmir

"Kashmir now needs an indigenous separatist struggle, which is independent of Pakistan control."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat leader

"There has been a change in the mindset of Pakistan and the Indian Government has noticed it. Militants should also know the changing scenario. If they change themselves, we are open for talks with all the militant outfits."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"There are indications of change in perception and mindset of separatists with regard to Kashmir resolution after foreign visits."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"Pakistan and India are into a bilateral dialogue and we don't want to make Kashmir trilateral or multilateral. "

- General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"I will use my trip to urge the leadership to continue solving this issue (Kashmir) with the idea that it can be solved."

- George Bush, President, United States of America

"We want the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be free from all fears about their future."

- Manmohan Singh, India’s Prime Minister

"For resolution of Kashmir and lasting peace in the region it is imperative to ensure complete withdrawal of troops from J&K."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"If New Delhi is pursuing a dialogue to resolve Kashmir, it should not involve people who do not challenge India’s jurisdiction over the state."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"Until now, all the formulae on Kashmir have come from Pakistan. India has maintained a steadied silence. Why shouldn’t India come out with one if it rejects UN resolutions and independence for Kashmir?"

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chief, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

"I am not for a photo-opportunity peace process. The Centre should develop a mechanism whereby the process becomes collective, credible and result-oriented."

- Yaseen Malik, Chairman, JKLF

"Now time has come to work on building a happy and peaceful Jammu and Kashmir."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"There is always a ray of hope as long as these two countries (India and Pakistan) are talking."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"Kashmir runs in our veins like blood. I have not forgotten Kashmir."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"Kashmir is my motherland and I feel proud to return."

- Ravinder Krishan Pandita, Kashmiri Pandit Activist

"If the Pandits think that they would return to the Valley only when situation is normal, it would be very impractical."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"If we want to have a solution, we will have to understand the feelings and aspirations of the people of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Azad Kashmir."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"Musharraf’s ‘no’ to independence is his view, however, we are fighting for independence."

- Shabir Shah, Chief, J&K Democratic Freedom Party

"Kashmir is an integral part of the country and there is no territorial dispute whatsoever and no body can snatch it from us."

- Mangat Ram Sharma, Minister for Transport, J&K, India

"I am not for (Indo-Pak) joint control. No one can lose the sovereignty of the country."

- Mehbooba Mufti, Chief, People’s Democratic Party, J&K, India

"As for the lack of trust between the Centre and separatists, it is the psychological dimension of the Kashmir problem and will have to be addressed."

- Sajjad Gani Lone, Chairman, People’s Conference, J&K, India

"What we need is a passion for peace and that is what Pakistan is trying to achieve."

- Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister, Pakistan

"We have time and again said that autonomy is the only way to solve the vexed Kashmir issue."

- Omar Abdullah, President, National Conference, J&K, India

"Meaningful progress towards settlement of Jammu and Kashmir is essential for eventual success of the peace process."

- Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister, Pakistan

"Any solution in which Pakistan is not involved will not be a fruitful one. It is for the Centre to decide whom to involve in the dialogue and whom not."

- Bilal Gani Lone, Member, Hurriyat Conference

"Given the scale of sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir, they will have a major say in our political policy."

- Sajjad Lone, Chairman, People’s Conference

"As long as the level of violence does not come down to an almost negligible level, I do not foresee any possibility of our leaving the area for terrorists to dominate and exploit."

- General Joginder Jaswant Singh, Army Chief, India

"We feel there is no need for Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan and free movement of people of J&K across the border should be ensured."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"I am of the opinion that demilitarisation is required more in Pakistan than in Jammu and Kashmir."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"Our doors are open to everybody who shun the path of violence. We are willing to talk to every shade to find a durable and peaceful solution."

- Manmohan Singh, India's Prime Minister

"Pakistan should remain our patron and not become our tormenter."

- Asiya Andrabi, Chairperson, Dukhtaran-e-Millat

"People who talk of solution either underestimate complexities of the problem or overestimate the common sense of people involved in discussions."

- Muzzafar Hussain Baig, Deputy CM, J&K, India

"For any solution to Kashmir to be durable it has to be in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"The issue (Kashmir) involves 14 million people. We'll accept only that solution which encompasses the entire state."

- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"We have nothing in specific but we will be generally talking about every scenario vis-a-vis Kashmir with the political leaderhsip in PoK."

- Abdul Ghani Bhat, Hurriyat leader

"Jo maarne (militant) ke liye aaya hai vo marne ke liye bhee taiyar rahe (those who are coming to kill should also be prepared to die)."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"The new and creative thinking for resolving the problems of J&K should flow from Srinagar, Jammu, Leh and even Muzaffarabad and Gilgit and preferably from ordinary people."

- Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, Former J&K CM

"No peace process between India and Pakistan is possible without involving Kashmiri Hindus and it was high time the Kashmir Hindu community and Kashmiri Muslims got united."

- Farooq Abdullah, Former J&K CM

"The recent statement of Pakistan President Gen Musharraf of self-rule is a vague idea. It is undefined and there is a serious need to discuss this idea."

- Shabir Shah, J&K Democratic Freedom Party chief

"While the govt. is firm in carrying forward the dialogue process, it would not allow militancy to sabotage peace and tranquility by indulging in barbaric acts of violence."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"If a harmless visit like ours to Pakistan is viewed with suspicion how can we expect them (New Delhi) to deliver anything concrete on the dialogue."

- Bilal Lone, Executive member, Hurriyat

" It is good that the world has realised that complete independence from India and Pakistan for Jammu and Kashmir was not viable. That is where our solution of internal autonomy fits in."

- Omar Abdullah, President, National Conference, J&K, India

"If you have courage invite us for talks, if you want to listen to the words of our heart, then know it we are fed up with the guns of both — you and the ultras. We want that both of you should leave this place."

- Omar Abdullah, President, National Conference

"As against earlier occasions, the Muslim world is more conscious about the prevailing situation in Kashmir and wants to play an active role in its early resolution."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"Some outside powers do not want people in Kashmir to prosper. They do not want that peace should return to Kashmir."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"Talks and the peace process should continue, but it is also important that Kashmiris, the main sufferers, should also be involved in the talks."

- Swami Adokshjananddevtirath, The Shankracharya of Goverdhan Puri

"After demilitarisation, Hurriyat will make armed fighters hold their actions and get them to strengthen the peace process."

- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"The Kashmir issue could only be resolved by demilitarizing both parts of the disputed region. By implementing the proposal, Kashmiris can determine their fate in a free atmosphere."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat Leader

"I appreciate the courage of the people of Tangdhar. They (villagers) have shown that they master the problem rather than problems mastering them."

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President, India

"India should consider with seriousness the suggestion of demilitarisation and self-governance in Kashmir put forth by Pakistan."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"Demolition of militants’ camps running in the name of ‘jehad’ is a message of Allah to them that there is no ‘jehad’."

- Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, Army Commander of Northern Command

"People should never be scared of militants. Our troops are ready. We will defeat them."

- Gen J. J. Singh, India’s Army Chief

"I sincerely and genuinely believe that the challenge of this earthquake can be converted into an opportunity of lifetime, which was never available to India and Pakistan to improve relations."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"Kashmir issue has soaked a lot of blood and time has come to put an end to the violence, in whatever form or level, so that there would be no hurdles in the way of peaceful resolution of the issue."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

"If India considers J&K as its head, I wonder where is the crown of this head given by late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Where is the crown which was there in pre-1953?"

- Mehbooba Mufti, Leader, People's Democratic Party, J&K

"Hurriyat believes the quake offers a way out and the two countries (India and Pakistan) must rise to the occasion."

- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat

"Till now, some vested interests were presenting a wrong picture of the Army, that it is not a friend of the people of the Valley. The relief efforts after quake have proved it wrong."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"I feel the two countries (India and Pakistan) don’t understand the pain and agony of the people who have been divided by the LoC."

- Dr Sajad Shafi, Resident, Uri

"The main issue is solution to the basic problems being faced by the people of Jammu right from the inception of J&K. If even a CM from Jammu can’t do this, the only solution will be a separate state for Jammu."

- Sri Kumar, Chairman, Jammu State Morcha

"A responsible media and a good governance are the key for bringing peace and prosperity in the state (J&K)."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"After the October-8 earthquake, infiltration bids continue as usual. Even if militant camps (across LoC) have been destroyed, which we can’t ascertain, militants who survived the quake will try to cross over and disrupt peace."

- Major General V. K. Singh, Chief of Staff, 15 Corps

"The time has come to take coordinated, concrete and determined steps for the welfare of the people of the state and work for rebuilding a khushhal Kashmir-free from violence and disturbances."

- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K, India

"Ultimately, you (Azad) will be judged by your government’s commitment to providing economic development, creating employment and other opportunities, especially for the youth of the state."

- Sonia Gandhi, President, Congress

"Even after such a tragedy, they (India and Pakistan) have not been able to rise beyond petty politics."

- Ghulam Qadir, Resident, Chamkote

"It is ironic that when the world is changing into global village, Kashmiris across the LoC have been kept away from each other."

- Miwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"There is no mention in the Constitution that the CM must be from a particular region (Kashmir). Moreover when we talk of J&K state, it means all the three regions, Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu are the part of the state."

- Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Revenue Minister, J&K, India

"The people of Pakistan are committed to the cause of Kashmir and want a just and equitable resolution to the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"Time has come for political resolution of Kashmir issue as well. India, Pakistan and the leadership in Kashmir have been making efforts to resolve the issue and the present proximity on humanitarian grounds would strengthen these efforts."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"We will allow any amount of people coming across the Line of Control to meet their relatives and assist with the reconstruction effort."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"The quake has given a setback to terrorists, but their endeavours to infiltrate continue. These are acts of desperation to keep terrorism alive. We will not allow them to take advantage of the situation."

- Gen J. J. Singh, India’s Army Chief

"Musharraf assured me that any solution to the Kashmir issue that is acceptable to the Kashmiris would be acceptable to Pakistan as well."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat

"If we (Cong-NC coalition government in 1987) are responsible for this (militancy) then from where did the bombs and guns come?"

- Farooq Abdullah, Patron, National Conference, J&K

"I have openly voiced my concerns about the non-serious approach of the government in dealing sternly with the separatist leaders for violating the terms and conditions of permit during their recent visit to PoK. But nothing happened so far from the government side."

- Som Nath Dabgotra, President, J&K State Janata Party

"There can be political differences among Muftiahib, Bhatsahib or Farooqsahib but we all want an acceptable solution for it (Kashmir dispute)."

- Farooq Abdullah, Patron, National Conference

"Had the governments in the 1980s heeded public voice, there could not have been so much of bloodshed in Kashmir."

- Atal Behari Vajpayee, Former Indian PM

"It is the overwhelming desire of the peoples in both our countries (India & Pakistan) for friendly relations. Our governments respond to these sentiments and work towards a positive outcome of our deliberations."

- Natwar Singh, Former Indian Foreign Minister

"Now there is a realisation that coercive diplomacy can no longer work and I am hopeful that a solution (to the Kashmir issue) acceptable to Pakistan, India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir can be achieved."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"I believe that we should continue to debate and think about the future of Kashmir."

- Sikander Hayat, Prime Minister, PoK

"I will prefer death than return to Pakistan occupied Kashmir."

- Shabir Hussain, who returned to J&K after spending 27 years as a migrant in PoK.

"Muslims also crave for the return of their Pandit brethren for which an initiative needs to be taken."

- Shoiab Anayat Malik, Secretary, Action Committee for the Return of Kashmiri Pandits

"Let us not be under any misconception that PoK soil has been the breeding ground of militancy."

- Sardar Abdul Qayyum, Former president, PoK

"Pakistan should also realise that our Kashmir can never become their part."

- Omar Abdullah, President, National Conference

"The Hizbul Mujahideen is a powerful group. The participation of Hizbul in the dialogue will make the talks process more reliable."

- Mehbooba Mufti, Chief, People’s Democratic Party

"Human rights violation continues despite the PM’s assurance. The common man has got no respite."

- Bilal Gani Lone, Hurriyat leader

"If the mainstream politicians are allowed to go to Pakistan it will be one of the biggest ever CBMs of the ongoing peace process."

- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Former J&K Chief Minister

"Kashmiris are the enemies of neither India nor Pakistan."

- Farooq Abdullah, Former J&K Chief Minister

"We want the dialogue process to be result-oriented and initiate a new era of peace and cooperation in South Asia."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"Time has come to free the people from the fear of the gun."

- Muzaffar Hussain Beig, J&K’s Minister for Finance & Planning

"Ceasefire (by militants in Kashmir) is out of question unless India accepts the conditions we have laid down for this purpose long ago."

- Salahuddin, Terrorist & Head, Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorist outfit

"The fact that Jammu has been ignored by the Centre in the ongoing peace process is another indicator that nobody worries about the sentiments of Jammu people."

- Nirmal Singh, J&K BJP president

"Hurriyat Conference has started dialogue process with both India and Pakistan and it will continue till a solution to Kashmir issue is found."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"The solution of the Kashmir issue has to flow from the State and not from anywhere else."

- Omar Abdullah, President, National Conference

"Prime Minister Singh assured us that he would address all issues, including the dignity of Kashmiris. He gave a clear assurance about troop reduction. Now when I meet President Musharraf, I will try to put forth our viewpoint so that we strengthen the process between India and Pakistan."

- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Hurriyat chairman

"It is clear that with accepting the conditions of the Hurriyat leaders, especially to review the cases of POTA and PSA detainees, this government has committed a blunder."

- Hari Om, J&K BJP vice-president

"The talks cannot go to a higher level than this. And if they don’t succeed then there is nothing else in sight."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat leader

" There is a need for consensus relating to the dialogue process. Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Musharraf are sincere in their peace efforts."

- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Former J&K Chief Minister

"The Indian intervention in Kashmir with very heavy military presence ... is what deformed the life of the Valley long before Pakistan-sponsored jihadis started doing their stuff."

- Salman Rushdie, Author

"I appeal to the gun wielding youth to give peace a chance especially now when the dialogue at the highest level is taking place."

- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, J&K’s Former CM

"On our visit to Pakistan, we got no impression that the leadership there was averse to Hurriyat talking to New Delhi. In fact, Musharraf told us that Pakistan had no problem if we talked to India."

- Shahid-ul-Islam, Spokesperson for Mirwaiz, Hurriyat leader

"The scale of the Kashmir exodus was larger than in Kosovo, yet the world remained silent."

- Rahul Pandit, Director, Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT).

"Politics and religion in Islam cannot be separated."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat hardliner

"The Indian businessmen came around to explore investment opportunities ...but were told that unless there is simultaneous progress on the political front and on resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir, Pakistan cannot open its doors to Indian investment."

- Waseem Haqqi, Chairman of Board of Investment

"There is no infiltration whatsoever taking place. I will be raising the issue of alleged cross-border infiltration with the Indian Prime Minister."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"We believe that this dialogue process should be irreversible and every effort must be made to find a just and durable resolution of the Kashmir dispute that is acceptable to all three stakeholders -- Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri people."

- Shaukat Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister

"Time of patchwork policy on Kashmir is over. The Centre must show sincerity."

- Saleem Geelani, Senior leader, Hurriyat Conference

"I can provide a solution, which is largely acceptable to a cross-section of people, but I haven’t done so because there are no takers for it."

- Dr Karan Singh, MP and former Sardar-e-Riyasat of Jammu Kashmir

"My ambition was to bring complete normalcy in the Valley. But, compared to previous years, the violence level in the state has come down."

- Lt. Gen. Hari Prasad, India’s Northern Army Commander

"Dr Manmohan Singh has superficially touched the Kashmir issue and this has vindicated our stand that New Delhi is not serious on resolving the Kashmir dispute."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chief, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

"Why should we go to Delhi and waste our time? We are not against talks but the Government of India should fix a date for it and then invite us properly."

- Maulvi Abbas Ansari, Former chairman of the moderate Hurriyat faction

"This road (violence) will take you no where. Killing of innocent people, including political activists, will not solve the problem."

- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Former J&K Chief Minister

"Some countries use terrorism as a weapon. They think it is a low-cost option to unleash a proxy war on neighbours... The theory that their religions are superior gives rise to fundamentalism and terrorism...it is not necessary to mention any name... it is not our style to name people."

- Shivraj Patil, Home Minister

"Pakistan claims to be a well-wisher of Kashmiris and wants them to see free... It should stop sending militants to Kashmir and allow people of the state to live in peace without the fear of gun."

- Mehbooba Mufti, President, People's Democratic Party

"For those who've picked up arms, it's a conscientious decision....We are unambiguous that we'll pursue our freedom struggle in a peaceful way."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chief, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

"Be willing to be killed and refuse to retaliate. That requires the bravery of a martyr, which we are lacking today. The solution to the JK problem requires great will and determination which is missing."

- Tushar Gandhi, Great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

"The coalition government in the state favoured the policy of dialogue within Jammu and Kashmir on the one side and with the neighbouring country on the other to address the Kashmir problem."

- Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Former J&K CM

"The Hurriyat Conference needs to accept its responsibility for human rights violation against the Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir and their consequent forced exodus."

- O. N. Pandita, Chairman, Panun Kashmir Movement

"Time has come to put an end to this senseless bloodshed and work towards the economic development of the state."

- Muzaffar Hussain Beig, Minister for Finance and Planning

"We will talk to the people of Ladakh as well and work on the common minumum programe with the Kashmiri migrants. Not only the Kashmiri Pandits, we will also involve Sikhs and Christians in the dialogue."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat Chairman

"The Kashmir dispute can be resolved only through implementation of the UN resolutions. We will not allow any sell-out or compromise on the Kashmir issue. The blood of the Kashmiris cannot go waste."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman, Hurriyat Conference

"The Hurriyat will consider preparing a roadmap for the return of Kashmiri Pandits. There are some vested interests who may try to derail the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants, but the rehabilitation will move in the right direction."

- Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Former Hurriyat chairman

"Pandits will return to the Valley with a deeper sense of security and dignity. And that, unmistakably, requires a favourable environment."

- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hurriyat Chairman

"I hope improving relations between India and Pakistan will boost tourism in Kashmir."

- Ghulam Hassan Mir, J&K’s Tourism Minister

"If I write my nationality as Indian, then I should advocate the Indian viewpoint everywhere, which is not possible for me."

- Shabir Ahmed Shah, Senior separatist leader

"It’s important for us to give a clear perception about governance in Kashmir to Delhi so that disinformation doesn’t spread here."

- Mehbooba Mufti, Chief, PDP, J&K

"It is impressive how quick the transition has been in Jammu and Kashmir from a situation of desperation only a few years ago."

- Mufti Mohd Sayeed, Former J&K CM

"Kashmir have been deprived of the rights guaranteed under the constitution on the plea of the special status under Art 370 which was a temporary provision and is still being retained."

- Chaman Lal Gupta, BJP Leader

"There are certain elements who want to disturb on the names of elections but my party workers should not indulge themselves in any such type of things."

- Farooq Abdullah, Former J&K CM

"If Pakistan was sincere towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir, it would not try to stall the construction of the Baglihar power project aimed at ending their prolonged hardship."

- Mufti Mohd Sayeed, Former J&K CM

"We want carving out of a separate homeland for our community in Kashmir valley that will be administered directly by the Centre till the time it can evolve its own economic and political infrastructure."

- Dr. Agnishekhar, Convenor, Panun Kashmir

"The LoC cannot become border nor any plan to change the status of LoC would be acceptable. World community has been realising that peace cannot prevail without resolving the Kashmir issue."

- Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Dictator/President

"The baggage of animosity between India and Pakistan has started reducing. There could be hiccups in this process but the people of the state have to be in the forefront of the peace offensive."

- Mufti Mohd Sayeed, Former J&K CM

"The neighbouring country should not jeopardise our power project. It is built on our river - Chenab. Do kashmiris have no right on their own waters?"

- Muzaffar Beig, J&K’s Deputy CM

"The neighbouring country should not jeopardise our power project. It is built on our river - Chenab. Do kashmiris have no right on their own waters?"

- Muzaffar Beig, J&K Deputy CM

"In the much publicised fake surrender issue, the name of a close relative of state Congress leader had come in the reports. These incidents have exposed the leaders of the ruling coalition in the state."

- Shiv Gupta, BJP Leader

"We in Kashmir have suffered the most because of the partition in 1947. Pakistan should accept the fact that though Kashmir is a Muslim majority state, it will always remain as a part of India."

- Farooq Abdullah, Former J&K CM

"The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved. Infiltration has come down by 60 per cent. Daily average incidents of violence, which were 11 in 2002 and nine in 2003, have dropped to six this year."

- Shivraj Patil, India’s Home Minister

"In my opinion if Pakistan think that only Hurriyat represents the people of Kashmir, then there is something fundamentally wrong with their understanding of realities in J&K."

- K. Natwar Singh, India’s former foreign minister

"I have made it clear to President Musharraf that any redrawing of the international border is not acceptable to us. Any proposal which smacks of further division is not going to be acceptable to us."

- Manmohan Singh, India’s Prime Minister

"The situation in the valley is already going from bad to worse. Now, time alone will tell to what extent Prime Mnister Manmohan Singh's decision to reduce troops in Jammu and Kashmir bears fruit."

- L. K. Advani, BJP leader

"If the PDP strongly feels that the Central government is responsible for the atrocities in Kashmir, it should break its alliance with the Congress."

- Omar Abdullah, President, National Conference

"I think sensors should be installed - that will make the fence more effective. The fence is important. With it, we have seen infiltration go down. We can protect our people without bullets of violence."

- Shivraj Patil, India’s Home Minister

"Prime Minister is keen to address the internal dimension of the problem and the process of peace and reconciliation set in motion between India and Pakistan was moving ahead on the right track."

- Mufti Mohd Sayeed, J&K’s Former CM

"Either people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have laid down lot of sacrifices, since 1947 should be given right to self determination or a tripartite dialogue should be held to find a solution to the imbroglio."

- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chief, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

"I have committed a mistake. It would have been better if I had toed the Pakistani or Hurriyat line. At present, I am being pushed to the wall by both India and Pakistan."

- Farooq Abdullah, J&K’s Former CM

"We have fought three wars, besides taking other steps (to resolve Kashmir issue) but nothing worked so far."

- Khurshid M Kasuri, Foreign Minister, Pakistan

"More and more Afghan students are coming to India to receive education...In the next five years, Indian education will produce a professional's army - without the guns."

- MASOOD KHALILI, Afghanistan's ambassador to India

"How can you expect the executive to be independent when each of its actions is questioned?"

- A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM, President of India, commenting on the independence enjoyed by the executive branch of Indian government.

"Talks can continue at all levels but as far as the armed groups go, how can you talk to someone with a gun?"

- GHULAM NABI AZAD, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, reacting to the suggestion of having talks with terrorists.

"I don't understand the logic of permitting Pakistani singers and artists to make Bollywood their home. How many Indian artists are allowed to perform in Pakistan?"

- ABHIJEET, Singer

"Please do bear with me if I say that the independence that is expected of this pillar (executive) is only in theory and mostly eroded in actual practice."

- A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM, President of India, commenting on the independence enjoyed by the executive branch of Indian government.

"We must condemn and reject all forces of terrorism and extremism, by banning organisations which preach hate and violence. We must promote the Islamic values of tolerance and moderation."

- Pervez Musharraf, Dictator and President of Pakistan, addressing an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Mecca. [Does he really mean it? - Editor]

"10. Damn, Al Qaeda! 9. Am I that hung over? 8. Wish I'd thought of an exit strategy. 7. It was easier to get out of the National Guard. 6. Hey, at least I didn't throw up like Daddy. 5. I just heard Oprah's going on Lettermen. 4. I know how to solve this problem - tax cuts for the rich. 3. I hope this doesn't hurt my chances of getting reelected. 2. I need another five-week vacation. 1. Talk to Condi about invading China."

- David Lettermen, Comedy Talk Show Host in US, Top 10 thoughts going through George Bush's head when he tried to open that locked door in China.

"I was trying to escape. Obviously, it didn't work."

- George Bush, US President, trying to walk out of a door that was locked at a press conference in China

"It was bizarre to me. I don't understand how it could happen."

- Maj. Gen. Peter Gilchrist, former deputy commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, on the escape of four terror suspects from an American prison there.

"My job was also that of a designer. Only it involved designing and development of different kinds of rockets."

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, at the convocation of the National Institute of Fashion Technology

"Israel must be wiped off the map."

- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, at a student rally in Teheran. Two days later, after prompting international outrage, he said he stood by his remarks.

"It's not easy to host all these countries. It's particularly not easy to host, perhaps, me."

- George Bush, US President, in a press conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina, site of 34-nation Summit of the Americas, where anti-Bush protestors, calling him a 'fascist' and a 'terrorist', threw Molotov cocktails and set a building on fire.

"I like guys who got five deferments [during the Vietnam War] and never been there and send people to war and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."

- John Murtha, US Congressmen from Pennsylvania and decorated veteran, on Cheny's lack of service in Vietnam; the once hawkish Democrat last week called for immediate troop withdrawl from Iraq.

"When L.K. Advani spoke of the permanence of Pakistan as a separate nation, was he not aware of the reality of the creation of Bangladesh out of Pakistan in 1971?"

- K. N. Govindacharya, former BJP ideologue

"It was bigger than my village."

- Ali Al-Sirowiy, Father of a 13 year old Iraqi boy, who underwent facial-reconstruction surgery in the U.S. for injuries by a U.S. cluster bomb, after he and his son visited Wal-Mart.

"I didn't say nuke anything. I just said, 'Take out their holy sites.'"

- Tom Tancredo, Republican US Congressmen from Colorado, clarifying his comments on how the U.S. should respond to a nuclear attack by Islamic terrorists.

"Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party."

- Sir Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain, talking about loyalty to principles.

"People say I'm indecisive, but I don't know about that."

- George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the USA, commenting upon people's perception about his decisiveness.

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