Dialogue only way to resolve all Indo-Pak issues: Mufti
Jammu: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said India and Pakistan should take reconciliation process to its logical end for restoring sustainable peace in the sub-continent, asserting that dialogue is the only mean to resolve all Indo-Pak issues.
“India and Pakistan should take reconciliation process to its logical end for restoring sustainable peace in this region,” Mufti said while addressing a public rally in Poonch district.
Saying that dialogue is the only mean to solve all vexed problems, Mufti reiterated commitment of his party to act as a facilitator to normalise Indo-Pak relations and to restore lasting peace in the sub-continent.
Mufti was addressing series of public meetings at Mendhar, Surankote and Poonch assembly segments in support of party candidates.
He said the biggest challenge before the new Central government is to deal with the sensitive issue of Jammu and Kashmir and to address aspirations of the people of the state.
Mufti also referred to a recent statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he had promised to follow the holistic path shown by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee while dealing with problems of Jammu and Kashmir. “Foundation for restoring peace between India and Pakistan was laid when Vajpayee had extended hands of friendship towards Pakistan on April 18, 2003 while addressing a public meeting at Srinagar,” he said.
“Dialogue is the only option to establish peace in this region,” Mufti said, adding that “former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had stated that we can change friends but not neighbourers so both the neighbouring countries have no option but to go for talks”.
Expressing hope that both the countries should carry forward the process of peace and reconciliation, he said opening of cross-LoC routes was the biggest ever Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between two countries and credit for this goes to PDP only.
“We are ready to play the role of facilitator in the process of normalising relations between two countries,” he said.
Mufti further said that PDP was committed to restore old glory of Jammu and Kashmir when the region was a biggest trade centre.
“We want that this region should be made a free economic zone to get maximum investment by opening all the traditional trade routes,” he said.