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Failure of peace process behind border clashes, says Mufti

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Srinagar, October 20, 2013
First Published: 18:47 IST(20/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:48 IST(20/10/2013)

Opposition People's Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday said the skirmishes on the borders were a result of failure of both India and Pakistan to take the peace process to a logical conclusion.

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"Instead of reacting in knee jerk manner, India and Pakistan should maintain the spirit of ceasefire because escalation of hostility is not in the interests of common masses of both countries," he said.

The PDP leader asked both countries to avoid provocative utterances.

"The recent skirmishes on the borders have inflicted more severe physical and psychological injuries to the border inhabitants because ceasefire announced in 2003 was the longest-sustaining ceasefire and people have started living peaceful, permanent, settled lives on the borders," he said.

Cautioning against dangerous consequences of any escalation of confrontation, he said: "It was during the NDA regime that a composite dialogue process was started, which ultimately led to peace on the borders."

"Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had extended a hand of friendship towards Pakistan during a historic rally in Srinagar on April 18, 2003, when tension was high on the borders and there was an eye ball to eye situation."

Mufti said both governments have failed to initiate new CBMs to the take the peace process to a logical conclusion.

He asked the two governments to expand the process of cross-LoC cooperation and trade in Jammu and Kashmir, "which would help to create a new space for reconciliation in the region."

"Indo-Pak cooperation is the key to resolve region's problems," he said.


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