Srinagar, May 3 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, his predecessor Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti have welcomed the agreement reached between India and Pakistan today on starting the bus service between Poonch and Rawalakot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from June 19 and truck service for trade on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route from the first half of July.
''I am only overwhelmed with joy. The doctrine of Khushali will now emerge as a reality for the people of both sides of the Line of Control (LoC),'' Mr Azad said in a statement here.
He said after painful and prolonged period of turmoil, a new era of economy and trade has started which will further strengthen the pillars of peace and tranquility.
Mr Azad said the Poonch-Rawalakot road will help in developing Poonch and Rajouri areas to a great extent.
In his statement, Mr Sayeed termed as historic the initiative and hoped that trade through the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road would prove harbinger for achieving the goal of a long-lasting and dignified peace in Jammu and Kashmir besides boost socio-economic profile of the trouble-torn state.
Ms Mufti, in her statement from New Delhi, appreciated the move, saying it was a great achievement for Kashmir-centric as well as Jammu-centric Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).
Both the leaders appealed to the people to discourage the elements hell-bent upon jeopardising the ongoing peace process.
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