Mufti Dismayed At Slow Pace Of Indo-Pak Peace Process

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RAJOURI: Asserting that peace was the only option for India and Pakistan to move ahead on development path and resolve issues that have held them hostage for decades, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has said that Jammu and Kashmir needed a holistic approach to help it come out of its immense problems. 

“Our country as the largest stake holder has to take a lead role in that historic initiative which could set one fifth of humanity on the road to salvation and progress” Mufti told a party workers meet in Rajouri today.

Expressing his dismay at the lack of pace in the peace process between the two countries, Mufti said while strategic interests of the two countries too were important but the ultimate aim of serving people’s interest could be served only by striking the right balance in strategic matters and humanitarian considerations. He said it was unfortunate that the peace process had got bogged down apparently in electoral apprehensions of major political parties on both sides. This can be addressed if the political parties made peace and not jingoism their electoral plank, he said and added his political sense indicated that the people would give an overwhelming mandate to a party that made peace the central point of its manifesto. “That will need statesmanship of a kind that was displayed by Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2003 and followed up by Dr Manmohan Singh’s first government” Mufti said.

Mufti said there were enough indications the more elements in Pakistan were now in favour of peace with our country than they ever have been in the past. It seems even major sections of its powerful army too are on board the wishes of the general public opinion in that country that peace with India is the only option, he said. But, Mufti pointed out that while in the past we have engaged military dictatorships in that country in peace negotiations it looked strange that now when democracy was taking roots in Pakistan we appear to be shying away from a meaningful and sustained dialogue with its leadership.

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