Mufti for concretisation of India-Pakistan dialogue process

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Srinagar, Nov 12 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has stressed the need for concretisation of the ongoing composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan and also between the Centre and various groups within the state to evolve a consensus on a practical solution of the vexed issue.

In a message to his party colleagues from New York, Mr Sayeed, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron, said he would be interacting with cross-section of people during his stay there.

Mr Sayeed had gone to New York at the head of a non-official Indian delegation to attend a UN General Assembly session.

The message, read at a party convention here, said: ''I will be interacting with think tanks, opinion makers and people from both sides of Jammu and Kashmir. The focus of my discussion would remain on finding ways to end the scourge of violence in the state.'' Besides building consensus on a peaceful, honourable and feasible solution of the Kashmir issue, the former Chief Minister said his focus would remain on highlighting that the dignity and welfare of the people of the state were of paramount importance.

The Kashmiri Pandits, who had left the valley in the wake of outbreak of violence, need to return to their homes to restore the composite culture of the state, he added.

Mr Sayeed said he also stressed the need for accelerating the confidence building measures (CBMs) across the Line of Control (LoC). These should be made more meaningful and institutionalised to improve the economy of the state and the region as well, he added.

The PDP leader called for continuing the ongoing dialogue process between India and Pakistan and with various groups within the state to evolve a consensus on a practical solution of the Kashmir issue.

The former Chief Minister said he also highlighted that the PDP stood for self-rule which was the most viable and lasting solution of the Kashmir problem.

''It is a comprehensive package handling not only the internal and external dimension of the problem, but encompasses political, social and economic aspect as well,'' he added.

Mr Sayeed said an overwhelming public opinion of the Kashmiri Diaspora was in favour of peace and reconciliation and wanted the India-Pakistan dialogue process to concretise so that the region opened up for free inter-state movement of people and goods.

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