Bazaz jubilant over Musharraf's re-election as Pak prez

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Srinagar, Oct 16 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum (JKDF) chairman Pandit Bhushan Bazaz today said the victory of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in the recent elections has generated a new hope for the India-Pakistan dialogue process.

In a statement here, he said the talks between the two countries had slowed down in the recent past due to obvious reasons. ''It is now expected that with his re-election as Pakistan President, the dialogue process will regain momentum and come to a meaningful conclusion to the satisfaction of all the parties concerned.'' Pandit Bazaz appealed to the leadership of the two countries to infuse a new spirit of reorientation into their dialogue process and take it to a decisive stage for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

This was the only way to put an end to violence, human rights violations and sufferings of the people, and to usher in long- awaited days of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

The JKDF chief said the resolution of the Kashmir issue should not be confined to the liking of the two governments, but it should provide real and practical answers to the aspirations of the people of all regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Any other solution would neither be acceptable nor lasting, he added.

Pandit Bazaz said the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir seem to be completely caught in fast developing election tumult with the result that the people's problems have been pushed to backburner.

This, he said, was particularly true in the case of Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley.

He urged the coalition government to attend to the people's hardship and grievances, and to take measures to improve the living conditions and employment problems of the minority community.

The JKDF chairman also urged the separatist leadership to strive to speak and act in one voice. ''The separatists should unite and make purposeful and constructive contribution in bringing peace and joy in the lives of the people, they claim to represent,'' he added.


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