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Mufti and SQ Khan call for a consensus on Kashmir solution

The two leaders of PAK and PDP have called for a consensus driven approach in seeking peaceful solution of Kashmir crisis, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2007 19:40 IST
Arun Joshi

Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and veteran Muslim Conference leader and former Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) President, Sardar Abdul Qayoom Khan have called for a consensus driven approach in seeking peaceful solution of Kashmir crisis.

It is for the first time that former chief Minister whose party is in the front line calling for the troops reduction and joint mechanism to bolster the economic development of the two parts of the State had a meeting with the ruling party leader of PAK. Qayoom Khan's son is Attique Khan is Prime Minister of PAK.

Mufti Sayeed who returned to Srinagar in the afternoon described his meeting with Khan " thought provoking" and " fruitful". The two leaders had met in New Delhi on Wednesday morning. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti was also present.

The two leaders felt that all the traditional routes between the two parts of the State divided by the Line of Control ( LoC) be opened at the earliest for increased people to people contact.

According to a PDP release, the two leaders held extensive deliberations on and about the current Kashmir situation and the need for evolving consensus for the peaceful resolution of the problem in the context of the various proposals made by different quarters for the settlement of the issue.

Both the leaders stressed the need for speeding up implementation of the cross-LoC confidence building measures including opening of all the traditional routes connecting the two parts of the State, allowing free movement of people and goods through these routes and devising an institutional cooperative mechanism between the two parts of the State to consolidate the peace and resolution process.

They called for immediately removing all the irritants in the implementation of the inter-state confidence building measures between two parts of the State. "For an amicable and just settlement of the issue, it is imperative that the people of the whole Jammu & Kashmir are carried along and that can be done only by facilitating greater interaction between the people on two sides of the LoC," the leaders emphasised and called upon India and Pakistan to give the much-needed impetus to the reconciliation process through greater cross-LoC exchange of ideas and views.

First Published: Apr 25, 2007 19:32 IST