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NC urges India to reciprocate Pak's changed attitude

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Srinagar, July 7 (UNI) The main opposition National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir today urged the centre to reciprocate Pakistan's changed attitude so that the people of the state were allowed to live in peace.

''New Delhi should now allow Kashmiris to live in peace and for creation of peaceful conditions, the Indian leadership should reciprocate Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's changed attitude on the Kashmir issue,'' senior NC leader Dr Mustafa Kamaal told a a delegation from the American Embassy.

He told the delegation led by Kailash Jha that peace in Jammu and Kashmir would not be achieved without an understanding between India and Pakistan in consonance with wishes of the peoples of the state.

Dr Kamaal also reiterated that the working groups constituted following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's directions will not yield positive results till an overall view was taken of deliberations since sigining of Tashkent Declaration to failed Agra summit.

He told the US diplomats that Gen Musharraf has shown eagerness to make the Line of Control (LoC) irrelevant and withdraw troops along the borders.

The Pakistan President does not favour referendum or independent status to the state, nor consider the Kashmir issue religious.

''India should reciprocate and show sincerity in resolution of the Kashmir issue. Otherwise a quotable quote of late Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah that Kashmiris are not allowed to live in peace nor die of hunger will fit in this situation,'' Dr Kamaal added. He also called upon the US to continue with its diplomatic pressure on both the countries so that they come to terms with each other. Purchase of arms should not be made an excuse to frustrate the ongoing peace process, the NC leader added.

Dr Kamaal said India would have to give up its stubborn attitude vis-a-vis the Kashmir issue.

He said there was no justification for very high presence of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. ''Now that Pakistan is willing to sign a no war-pact with India and withdraw troops from the LoC, India should reciprocate and repeal laws that give special powers to the armed forces in the state,'' Dr Kamaal added.

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