PM hopes Pak, JK separatists will respond positively
Confident that Jammu and Kashmir was "turning the corner" and entering "a new chapter" in the peace process, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today hoped that the government's offer of dialogue would be reciprocated in the spirit it has been made.india Updated: Oct 29, 2009 12:51 IST
Confident that Jammu and Kashmir was "turning the corner" and entering "a new chapter" in the peace process, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday hoped that the government's offer of dialogue would be reciprocated in the spirit it has been made.
Addressing a press conference just before winding up his two-day visit to Kashmir, he said the government was committed to work for peaceful resolution of all problems facing the state, both in internal and external dimensions.
He said India was ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan provided it creates an "atmosphere in which negotiations can be fruitful" but made it clear that it will "not act under pressure of anybody".
Singh said there there is "no pre-condition" for talks with Pakistan but the "practical aspect" is that there will be no headway till Pakistan brings under "effective control" the terror elements in that country.
"We are ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan.. We sincerely hope Pakistan will create an atmosphere in which negotiations can be fruitful," he said.
Singh, who held discussions with various sections of the society in Kashmir, said he was returning to Delhi "fully satisfied" after his visit here.
"I believe a new chapter is opening in the peace process in the state and Jammu and Kashmir is turning the corner," the Prime Minister said.
Referring to his "appeal" for dialogue will separatists in J and K, he said "I hope it will be reciprocated in the spirit it was made."
He said the government will have to carry all stake-holders in the state to achieve "permanent peace in J and K so that we can concentrate on the ambitious agenda of development and full economic revival and create lot more jobs for the young people."
Singh said the government is willing to engage in "serious discussions" with every group provided they shun the path of violence.