Suggesting that there should not be any negative approach towards Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said that "there is a need to take Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf's proposals on Kashmir issue very seriously."
Ahead of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Pakistan where he would meet his counterpart Khursheed Mehmood Kasuria, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, after attending the joint session of state legislature in Jammu, said that "the atmosphere in the sub-continent is getting conducive for resolving the Kashmir issue and all political parties be it regional or national should play a vital role by supporting the ongoing peace process."
"There should not by any negative approach towards the proposals put forward by Pakistan. Rather there is a need to take Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's proposals seriously," said Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Coming down heavily on BJP for going against its own initiative of peace process, Ghulam Nabi Azad pointed out that "it was the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who initiated the peace process with Pakistan and it was the Congress party that extended full support to that."
"When Vajpayee visited Pakistan, Congress supported it. When General Musharraf came to Agra, Congress fully supported and now when the UPA government is pushing the same peace process forward, BJP has take a U-turn and is going against its own initiative," Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said further describing the BJP's approach as "negative".
"It's not good for the unity and sovereignty of the nation," said he.
Replying to a query, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that during his recent meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee at New Delhi, he has suggested to take up the issues with Pakistan like opening of Suchetgarh-Sialkot, Kargil-Skardu and Nowshera-Mirpur road links.
"The final reports, of all the working groups constituted to look into the various aspects of Kashmir issue and also to recommend certain remedies, would be submitted to the Prime Minister by another one or two months," informed Azad.
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