Mufti for opening of Suchetgarh-Sialkote road

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Jammu, Apr 8 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today stressed on the need of opening more routes on border to facilitate free movement of people on both sides.

Addressing a public meeting at village Jandyal Nagrota on the city outskirts, the PDP patron demanded opening of Sailkote-Suchetgarh road to boost economy of Jammu region.

''Opening of Suchetgarh-Sialkote and Jhangar-Nowshera roads would further help in normalizing relations in the sub-continent'', Mr Sayed said adding, ''I will ask the Union Government to bring this matter before the new Pakistani Government to open these routes as early as possible.'' Mr Mufti said during the last few years Winter Capital Jammu has emerged as hub of industry and so is the Sialkote in Pakistan.

''Opening of routes between the two cities would boost the economy of both Jammu and Sialkote and facilitate trade between industrialists of both the cities,'' he added.

''The on-going peace process has arrived at a decisive phase and some more confidence building measures to boost the efforts for restoring peace,'' Mr Mufti said and asserted, ''there was strong urge for peace among people of India and Pakistan. The peace offensive launched by the previous Vajpayee led NDA regime and continued by the present UPA regime headed by Dr Manmohan Singh would be reached to local conclusion.'' UNI VBH SR RN2039

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