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Mufti calls for de-escalation of Indo-Pak tension

india Updated: Jan 09, 2009 21:49 IST

People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday called for de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan to prevent the new threats to the security and stability of the region. Sayeed, in a statement in Jammu, said the two countries have no choice but to find a joint solution to their problems including that of terrorism.

"In this challenging scenario, sub-continent's security and stability would largely depend on how the leadership of India and Pakistan confronts the intricate situation developing in the region," he said.

Asserting that war is not a solution to the crisis created by the tragic Mumbai terror attacks, Sayeed said the political leadership of the two nuclear-armed neighbours must keep channels of communication open to redeem the faith their respective countries have placed on them. "we have seen in our neighbourhood how use of force had intensified violence in and around Afghanistan rather than solving any problems in the region," the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said.

Sayeed said Jammu and Kashmir had been a victim of unsettled political atmosphere in South Asia for the last six decades.

Any fresh hostilities would result in further pain and agony for for the people of the state, he said, adding that it was irony that the latest war hysteria was coming at a time when people of Jammu and Kashmir had once again rejected violence as a political instrument.