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Karra calls for dialogue

india Updated: Feb 02, 2007 16:25 IST
Arun Joshi
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Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra has said the party's stand that an acceptable and long-lasting solution of the Kashmir problem could be worked out only through a sustained dialogue process, stands vindicated by the recent statements of the some separatist and mainstream leaders.

Addressing a public meeting at Dongi, near the Line of Control, on Friday after visiting a vocational training center opened by the army under operation Sadhbhavana,  Karra said in the emerging scenario PDP's Self Rule formula, encompassing the concerns of all the parties, offers the most viable and implementable solution of the problem.

He said it is the only formula that has the ingredients of political, economic, social and administrative empowerment for the people in all the regions of the State.

Reiterating the party's demand for allowing free cross-LoC/border movement of people and goods,  Karra said India and Pakistan must take immediate measures in this regard as the people on both sides are highly enthusiastic about the opening of all the traditional road links. He said besides allowing trade activity on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawlakote roads, the two countries must open up Jhangar (Nowshehra)-Mirpur, Suchetgarh-Sialkote and Kargil-Skardu roads for movement of goods and people.

Welcoming the proposed visit of the delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from across the border, Karra said exchange trade delegations from both sides of the LoC need to be made frequent to give the much-needed push to the cross-LoC trade in the State.

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