Mufti: Turn Valley Into A Free-trade Zone
6 April 2007
The Times of India
New Delhi: While advocating the turning of Kashmir into a 'free economic zone' between India and Pakistan, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Friday said the Valley could become a 'bridge' between India and Pakistan rather than a 'bone of contention'. To begin with, traders from either side should be allowed to go across freely and the valley should be converted into a 'free economic zone' where the two nations could carry out business activities as per the guidelines of Safta, he said. 'Kashmir has always been seen as a bone of contention between India and Pakistan but now it can be turned into a bridge between the two countries,' the PDP leader said. Sayeed had mentioned the issue to Pakistan's foreign minister Khursheed Mohammed Kasuri at a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the Saarc leaders earlier this week.