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PM must have a grand strategy for J&K: Mufti

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the PM has "the luxury of conceiving a strong strategy for India and J&K, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 20:55 IST
Arun Joshi

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and former J&K CM, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to come out with a grand strategy for Jammu and Kashmir.

Amidst the prevailing winds of globalisation and regional economic integration, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has "the luxury of conceiving a distinctive grand strategy for not only India, but the whole region in J&K.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had an hour-long meeting with Prime Minister in New Delhi Wednesday evening.

"The changing equations in the State provide not just a challenge, but an opportunity to take a giant step towards making India at peace not only with its neighbors but also with itself," a spokmesman of PDP quoted him having told PM.

"The changing equations in the State provide not just a challenge, but an opportunity to take a giant step towards making India at peace not only with its neighbors but also with itself, Mufti told Prime Minister at his meeting  with him in Delhi on Wednesday evening.

He said that this was the time for “India and Pakistan to build upon the current foundation of mutual trust and confidence and take some bold initiatives towards the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir problem.”

Sayeed stressed the need for strengthening the process of dialogue, both internal and on the bilateral front, as, according to him, the process has acquired “popular legitimacy across the sub-continent.”

He said the” gains of success of the peace process are immense for the whole region, just as the consequences of failure could be horrendous.,” a spokesman of PDP quoted him having told Prime Minister 

The past four years, Sayeed said have witnessed changes of great importance and substance in Jammu and  Kashmir, both on the political and developmental fronts.

"But of great significance, is the march forward on the political front and the growing participation of the people in the democratic processes," he said adding that given the expectations of the people and the faith they have reposed in the democratic institutions, there is every reason to trust them and set off a mechanism for the peaceful resolution of the problem.

"Time has come to work through peaceful means and through public participation towards the resolution of the problem and restoration of permanent peace taking along the people from all the regions of the State," he said.

"The  sense of siege that has gripped J&K in the wake of the partition will have to be addressed and their liberty to move across the traditional routes restored. The people of J&K need to integrate with the global economy through open borders," he said.

On the security front, Sayeed said J&K police need to be strengthened and given more responsibility to handle the internal security situation to build on the people's confidence.

Email Arun Joshi: a_joshi957@rediffmail.com