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Only solution to Kashmir is making borders irrelevant: Omar

Islamabad: The only possible solution to the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan is to create a situation where the “lines while in existence” become “irrelevant”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in
PTI January 26, 2014 19:13 IST
PTI
Islamabad: The only possible solution to the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan is to create a situation where the “lines while in existence” become “irrelevant”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in an interview published today.

In the two-page interview in the Daily Times, done by journalist Mehr Tarar in New Delhi last month, Omar says if former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had not got into a “scrap” with Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in 2007, there was “every possibility” that both countries would have moved forward on the dispute.

“...if you were to create a situation wherein the lines while in existence but irrelevant, I think that is the only situation. Wherein if you start from Kashmir and then you widen it, we have this grand vision of a South Asian Free Trade Area which essentially would mirror what you have in the EU,” Omar is quoted as saying.

“But I believe that is the only way forward. The moment we get into territorial give-and-take we will get nowhere. We have not so far. The problem of Jammu and Kashmir has plagued our relations since 1947, and it will continue to plague our relations,” he said.