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Resolution of Kashmir issue not a distant dream, Mufti

Written by: Staff
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Srinagar, Mar 24 (UNI) Expressing the hope of early resolution of the Kashmir issue, former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's response to the emerging Indo-Pak scenario and his initiative on Kashmir are expected to hasten the peace process.

In a statement here today, Mr Sayeed said forward movement in the thinking process on a pragmatic solution of the Kashmir problem is closest to the aspirations of the people and it seems a desirable solution was no more a distant dream.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had always stressed the need for converting Jammu and Kashmir into a bridge between the two countries, which is now taking a practical shape with the Dr Singh announcement that the Line Of Control could be made irrelevant by making borders ''just lines on the map''.

Mr Sayeed hoped that the Prime Minister's announcement on free trade across the LoC would be implemented in right earnest.

There was also a need to allow greater opportunities of travel between the two sides for citizens other than those belonging to divided families.

The PDP patron welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement on improving relations between India and Pakistan.

Mr Sayeed said a peace treaty between the two countries would be a historic milestone for progress of South Asian countries and Jammu and Kashmir would be its main beneficiary.

He added the indications of a settlement of Siachen and Sir Creek will for further relax the atmosphere between India and Pakistan.

However, he expressed the hope that the interests of the Jammu and Kashmir state would be safeguarded in any settlement on Baglihar and Pakistan would also realize the energy needs of the state.

UNI BAS SB DB1915

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