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PDP ask Indo-Pak leadership to back talks process

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 20:11

Jammu: The political leadership of India and Pakistan should show greater magnanimity and take steps to reduce tensions on the LoC through talks, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Tuesday.

Sayeed`s comments came a day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said India should retaliate in kind to Pakistani firing across the Line of Control.

"Political leadership of India and Pakistan should show greater magnanimity at this juncture and work for silencing roaring guns on the borders and replacing the war cries with talk of friendship and peace," the former chief minister said.

Without naming Omar, he said, "Instead of resorting to the blame game or being jingoistic with slogans of strong retaliated actions being raised by some forces, the political leadership of the two countries must resume the snapped process of composite dialogue for resolving all their disputes including these ceasefire violations through peaceful, undisrupted and sustainable negotiations."

New Delhi and Islamabad must talk to each other realising the dangerous consequences of any escalation of confrontation, he said in a meeting with senior PDP leaders, in which a resolution on prevailing situation of LoC and IB was passed.

Peace between the two countries is crucial for stability, progress and economic prosperity of the region, Sayeed added.

Both countries should have to snub those elements, who have been raising war hysteria, he said and reminded that every war between India and Pakistan was followed by dialogue so there was no reason for the two countries to allow escalation of skirmishes on the borders.

Later a resolution was passed in the meeting in which party emphasised on maintaining sanctity of ceasefire so as restore peace in the borders.

"There is need for sanity to prevail on the borders by taking steps to put an immediate end to incidents of violence along the borders and respect the sanctity of the ceasefire enforced since 2003," the resolution demanded and pointed out people of Jammu and Kashmir have high stakes in peace because they are the worst suffer of hostility between the two neighbouring countries.

"If dialogue with Pakistan was started even after Parliament attack and Kargil conflict there is no reason to adopt adamant attitude this time because there is no other alternative except resumption of peace process to establishing lasting peace in this region", the resolution observed.

"Government of India must rejuvenate and vigorously pursue the peace process that had started transforming the state`s ground situation positively after November 2002", the resolution stated and pointed out that ceasefire announced in 2003 was result of peoples` urge for peace.

First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 20:11

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