Mahbooba Hails Manmohan’s Invite To Pak26 March 2011
Jammu: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mahbooba Mufti Saturday hailed decision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to extend invitations to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani to watch India-Pakistan semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Mohali on March 30. In a statement issued here, Mahooba exuded confidence that this gesture would help in bringing in positive change in this sub-continent. “Though the step is a small in nature, it could act as a catalyst to improve the relations between two countries leading to a formal dialogue at highest level”, she said and hoped that this step would help in breaking the ice and to resume the dialogue process which had been stalled since 2008 after some unfortunate events. Hoping that this small gesture would give an impetus to the process of normalisation of bilateral ties between the two countries, PDP chief said that people of Jammu and Kashmir were hopeful that this development would have a positive impact on the situation in the State. Recalling 2003 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Lahore, PDP chief said the then Pakistan President General Parvez Musharraf had extending invitation to Indian leadership at time. “A large number of people from India had gone to watch that match and that development had helped in opening channel of communication between civil society of both the countries,” she added.