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Prime Minister visited Lahore, Pakistan must reciprocate: CM Mehbooba

She recalled how later PM Vajpayee again extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan from the soil of Kashmir, adding that it brought good results in form of the Lahore declaration

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: August 30, 2016 8:35 am
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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday asked Pakistan to reciprocate the initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by visiting Lahore for resolution of issues between the two countries.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi started it by visiting Lahore and thereafter Rajnath Singh (Home Minister) also went there…Pakistan will sooner or later realise that war, violence or criticism of each other will not solve any issue between the two nations, but it will have to reciprocate the initiative taken by the Prime Minister,” she said here.

“Vajpayee took the bus to Lahore, but then Pakistan Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf orchestrated Kargil war. However, Musharraf had to later visit Agra on Vajpayee’s invitation, but thereafter came attack on Parliament,” she pointed out.

She recalled how later PM Vajpayee again extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan from the soil of Kashmir, adding that it brought good results in form of the Lahore declaration and Musharraf’s announcement that Pakistani soil will not be used for anti-India activities.

“Militancy decreased, talks began for reopening roads and dialogue process was initiated between the two countries. But unfortunately all these initiatives of political process, the healing touch stopped after the change of Mufti Sayeed government in J&K 2005,” she said.

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    MyTake
    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:38 pm
    Very sensible comment by Mehbooba Mufti but is there anyone in stan who would listen to the voice of reason?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When Nawaj Sharif sends his 22 stogies in other parts of the world, they need to be given some thrashing and asking them to go back and listen to Mehbooba Mufti!
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      Arun
      Aug 30, 2016 at 5:24 am
      Creation of Bangladesh is the best example of extension of olive branch from India to stan.. Do you think this world is foolish?
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        avi
        Aug 30, 2016 at 9:01 am
        Nawaz Sharif is sending them for REST and RECREATION !!! They will stay in the best hotels, have the best food and wine and will be entertained by the best escort service's available in a particular country ! Never mind the USD 17 Trillion debt that Poki's owe !
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          avi
          Aug 30, 2016 at 8:58 am
          Nawaz Sharif will rush to India if there is a chance to supply steel from his mills for some project ! Rest all is out of question !
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          1. laxmi mallikarjuna
            Aug 30, 2016 at 3:35 am
            There is nothing wrong in her offer to stan. But, are there any takers ? We are watching stan since Parion. As a neighbor, we have always extended olive branch to Pak. But, their reaction is seen by every one.It is nothing but hostilities. I think it would be better to clean up our mess by ourselves. This is time India should devise a separate foreign policy to deal with stan.
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