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India open to Pak proposals: J&K governor

He has added that working groups are continuously meeting to address different dimensions of the issue.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 20:46 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (retd) SK Sinha said that "India is open to proposals from Pakistan for solving the Kashmir problem", but added that "joint control over Kashmir seems to be impractical."

In an informal chat with media persons during his visit to the forward town of Poonch on Friday, the governor said, "President Pervez Musharraf will have to demonstrate his sincerity for solving problems with India by dismantling the terrorist camps across the border."

"I don't think there can be consensus on joint supervision," he said, adding that the process of dialogue is on with Pakistan and on the domestic front round table conferences have taken place.

He added that working groups are continuously meeting to address different dimensions of the issue.

Asked about the abrupt break in Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries, Gen Sinha hoped that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee's likely visits to Pakistan will help removing obstacles on various issues.

The governor emphasised the need to open more roads. While Poonch-Rawlakote and Uri-Muzaffarabad roads have been opened, Pakistan has not so far responded to opening of two more links, Jammu-Sialkote and Kargil-Skardu.

He attached much significance to the opening of Kargil-Skardu road, saying that the divided families of Kargil and Skardu have to embark on long journeys to meet each other.