Kashmir should be focus of dialogue between India, Pak: Mufti
Welcoming resumption of talks between India and Pakistan during the SAARC summit, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday stressed on the need for a sustained Kashmir-centric dialogue between the two countries.
Srinagar: Welcoming resumption of talks at
highest level between India and Pakistan during the SAARC
summit, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday stressed on the
need for a sustained Kashmir-centric dialogue between the two
"Apart from discussing other problems, Kashmir issue
should be discussed through humanitarian angle as residents of
this region have been bearing maximum brunt of the enmity
between the two countries," Sayeed said in a statement here.
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s decision to hold
talks with his Pakistani counterpart Yasuf Raza Gillani was a
welcome step and should be appreciated by all political
"Instead of sticking to the hackneyed slogans, both the
countries should have to adopt to realistic and purposeful
policy to resolve all issues especially the Kashmir problem
for lasting and sustainable peace in this region," the former
chief minister said.
He hoped that the process should be further accelerated
because hostility between two neighbourers was neither in the
interest of the two countries nor in the interests of the
people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Peoples Democratic Party patron also emphasized on
evolving political consensus on the Kashmir issue as solution
to the problem was must for the country`s development and
He said all political parties should put full weight
behind the latest peace initiative with Pakistan initiated by
Prime Minister during SAARC summit at Thimphu in Bhutan.
"Since, friendship with the neighbouring country is
inevitable for the growth and progress of entire region,
consensus among all political parties could put the desired
pace and power into the process of dialogue," he observed and
called all political groups to rise above partisan interests.
"To give credibility to the dialogue process there is a
need to initiate some more Confidence Building Measures (CMBs)
especially making the cross LoC trade hassle-free," he said,
adding the Prime Minister should take some concerted steps to
keep a check on the violation of human rights in Kashmir