February 2008 News

Open Up JK For Trade, Tourism’

12 February 2008
Greater Kashmir

New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig today urged India and Pakistan to open up tourism, trade, culture and sports sectors in Jammu and Kashmir for giving the required push and impetus to the peace process that, he said, received a severe jolt due to the ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan. Speaking at a function in New Delhi, Baig said that every effort should be made to solidify the peace process so that two countries reach an amicable and peaceful solution to their bilateral disputes. He said that opening of tourism and trade and intensification of cultural and sports exchange would contribute to the promotion of ties between the two neighbours. The Deputy Chief Minister said that ‘infiltration from across the border has declined because official backing to it has reduced.’ “This is a healthy sign for enhancing our ties,” he said. He said India cannot live in a hostile atmosphere with its neighbours if it has to become a member of the UN Security Council. ‘’A strong, stable and viable Pakistan is in our interest. Things are unstable there and it will have ramifications in the region too,’’ he added. Baig said Kashmir was an ideal tourist destination. The incidence of violence has decreased over the past few years. But despite that ‘we are not getting a good number of tourists.’

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