People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said any government that comes into power at the Centre after next elections will have to address the Kashmir problem and take steps to improve relations with Pakistan.
Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, Mufti said things have started falling in place for rejuvenation of peace process with Pakistan. He said Jammu and Kashmir would be the biggest beneficiary if India and Pakistan are at peace with each other.
Suggesting better trade and travel key to thaw in Indo-Pak relations, Mufti said that a resident of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir should be able to cross the LoC without hassles. "LoC should become line of cooperation and not mere control. The propaganda that militants would sneak in through buses has been proved wrong. Time has come for breaking barriers and it will happen," he said.
Reiterating resolve of his party to make Kashmir as the bridge of peace between India and Pakistan to restore lasting peace in this region, Mufti said, "Though the entire population of the sub-continent has suffered due to the prolonged conflict and armed confrontation between the two neighbouring countries, the brunt of such enmity has been borne most by the hapless people of Jammu and Kashmir."
"The ceasefire on the borders has brought much relief to the people living in the border areas besides paving way for pursuing the dialogue process between the two countries. The peace process, despite frequent disruptions and its slow pace, had brought hopes in the lives of millions of people in the two countries," he said and reminded that gathering that the PDP had pioneered the process of peace and reconciliation.