Indo-Pak must bridge their differences: Mufti
Former Chief Minister believes that closer bonds between the two countries can increase economic prosperity in the region.Updated: Apr 04, 2007, 19:59 IST
Former Chief Minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed held detailed discussions with Pakistani Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and other senior functionaries of the government on the political situation in the region at New Delhi and asked for carrying forward the Confidence Building Measures (CBM) especially the ones related to Kashmir.
Mufti also interacted with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the SAARC heads of the states.
He stressed the need for strengthening the regional cooperation, especially in the sub-continent, with Jammu and Kashmir becoming a hub of inter-regional trade and economic activity.
He also emphasised the need for making people to people contract more frequent and less hassle-free and starting border trading activity between two parts on Jammu and Kashmir so that people could also reap benefits of the economic liberalization .
Sayeed said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir must become stake-holders in the peace process through their active involvement in the economic activities in the region as they have unfortunately failed to keep pace with the rest of the world due to more than decade long turmoil in the state.
The fresh air of globalization, market economy and liberalization could not cross into the territories of Jammu and Kashmir, denying the place and its residents an opportunity to exploit their fabled entrepreneurial, artistic and business skills, he added.
Sayeed further added that in last four years, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed unprecedented change on the political and economic front. He said given its immense potential and light of it legendary place in the South Asia region as a medieval business hub, Jammu and Kashmir could play a pivotal rule in the region's developing market economy. He said the time has come when India and Pakistan could make the state a bridge to build new bonds of friendship to bring peace and prosperity not only to the people of the state but the region as a whole.