Mufti Underlines Need To Accelerate Peace Process
27 March 2008
Kashmir Media Service
: In occupied Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and former puppet Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has said that a stable, prosperous and democratic Pakistan is in the interest of entire sub-continent. Addressing a meeting in Budgam, Mufti stressed the need to accelerate the peace process and transform bilateral relationship between Pakistan and India into a mutually beneficial partnership. The PDP patron said that it was the need of the hour to work expeditiously, through the dialogue process, towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He added that there was a common desire to establish a neighbourhood of peace and progress based on greater linkages between the people. Mufti pointed out that very soon people would find Kashmir becoming a hub of trade and economic activities, as the time was not far-off when Srinagar-Muzzaffarabad road would be opened for truck services transporting goods across the line of actual control. The PDP patron demanded of India to reduce its troops and revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as such measures were now assuming urgency in view of the fast changing scenario where the civil society and democratic institutions have a greater field play in consolidating the peace initiatives. On the other hand, welcoming the election of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the National Conference (NC) President Omar Abdullah while addressing a meeting at Sumbal in Baramulla said that India’s prosperity depended on strong Pakistan. Omar Abdullah hoped that the relations between Pakistan and India would further improve and talks process gets a boost and pointed out that it was responsibility of both the countries to rid the Kashmiris of present crises and hardships by initiating steps to resolve Kashmir issue.