Asserting the Centre's resolve to settle the Kashmir issue "with an open mind", UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday asked separatist leaders to take part in roundtable discussions initiated by the government to give their viewpoint.
After flagging off the bus service between Poonch and Rawalkot in PoK from Chakan-da-Bagh, Gandhi told a public meeting in Poonch that all sections in Kashmir should take part in the roundtable conferences organised by the Centre and put forth their points of view.
Without naming the Hurriyat Conference, which has abstained from the the two roundtables held so far, she said, "Those people should take part in the roundtable conference to give their point of view.
"Those people should take the path of reality and adopt the path of peace and prosperity and come forward to put their points of view, whatever they may be. We hope that everybody will come forward in future."
Gandhi said the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government are keen to solve the Kashmir issue "with an open heart and mind".
"No path of peace towards a solution to the Kashmir issue will emerge without these talks. We want to bring the people out of the quagmire of militancy and bloodshed," she said.
"We want to build a new and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir where peace and prosperity will be a permanent feature."