Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked for involvement of elected representatives of both parts of Jammu and Kashmir on either side of the Line of Control in the Kashmir specific part of the Indo-Pak peace process.
In a statement issued at the conclusion of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting, the highest decision-making body of PDP, in Jammu on Saturday evening, a party spokesman said the meeting while expressing satisfaction over the resumption of the composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan, has called for implementation of concrete Jammu and Kashmir specific confidence building measures to ensure the participation of the sufferers in the peace process.
Chaired by PDP Patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the PAC meeting while reiterating the party's demand for creating the cross-LoC/border institutional mechanism for cooperation in areas like trade, tourism, culture, environment, education and disaster management has called for active involvement of legislators from both sides of the dividing line for consolidating the J&K-specific confidence building measures.
For making the peace and dialogue process broad-based and inclusive, the meeting suggested ensuring participatory role for the legislators from the two sides of the divide to deliberate on the issues of common concern and help evolve a stable cooperative mechanism between the two parts.
"The involvement of the public representatives in the process would shift the confidence building measures from the bureaucratic levels to the public domain giving it the much-needed push forward," the meeting observed. "As the solution to most of the problems in the region lies in the understanding, cooperation and mutual trust between the people, the involvement of the public and their representatives in the peace process becomes more imperative," it said.
Calling for free movement of people and goods on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote roads, the meeting reiterated that simultaneously steps should be taken for opening of other traditional cross-LoC and cross-border links including Suchetgarh-Sialkote, Kargil-Skardu, Leh-Tibet, Gurez-Gilgit and Nowshehra-Mirpur roads for traffic and trade.
PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti and senior leaders, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Abdul Aziz Zargar, Tariq Hameed Karra, were among those who attended the meeting.
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