PM, Musharraf Hailed For Bus Link
1 April 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: Expressing his happiness over the opening of Uri-Muzaffarabad road on April 7, Sant Singh Tegh, Akali leader and general secretary, Chatti Padshahi, Muzaffarabad (in exile) has congratulated the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Pak President Parvez Musharraf for their efforts in this regard. Addressing the media persons here today, Akali leader said that opening of this road will facilitate the people living on both sides to meet each other after a gap of 58 years. 'While taking the decision to open the road, Dr Manmohan Singh has shown splendid wisdom to ultimately solve the vexed- Kashmir problem,' he said. At the same time, he protested over the inclusion of politicians and journalists who does not belong to Muzaffarabad but are listed by the state government to travel in the first bus. He termed it as a political drama to to gain publicity for political mileage instead of doing good to the peple. Expressing his sadness for not included in the first list, Tegh said that he was hurt for being ignored, though he was accepted leader on both sides by the people. He said that his wish is to reach Muzaffarabad and to offer prayers for the departed souls of the members of his community besides martyrs like Abdul Aziz and other local muslims who laid their lives to save Sikhs and Hindus in 1947. He requested both the government of India and Pakistan to consider his requests through media as an application and allow him to travel Muzaffarbad. Tegh said that if he is not allowed to visit other side by the governments then he will consider the entire exercise of opening the road as a political drama.