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Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq urged the prime ministers of India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue.

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq urged the prime ministers of India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue and de-escalate growing tension between the two countries.

“Nobody will gain if the present situation along the LoC is allowed to worsen. It (ceasefire violations) threatens to cause a setback to your intended efforts to work with each other to put India and Pakistan on the path towards peace,” Mirwaiz wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Citing the UN General Assembly in September,Mirwaiz appealed to the two prime ministers not to allow the recent developments to hold back a renewed effort to engage in a process of dialogue. “Even if it involves some political risks and even if there are additional negative incidents,you must proceed ahead and meet directly with each other and start working to reduce the current level of mistrust and defuse the present tension along the LoC and elsewhere in the region,” he said.

Mirwaiz also appealed the two nations to take bold and visionary steps.” If bold and visionary decisions are taken today,they could yield an entirely new reality for the region. If India and Pakistan are able to engage with each other to improve ties and peacefully resolve their differences and if they are able to focus on a peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict,a new era of stability and prosperity could be unleashed.”

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In the letter,he also indicated that the escalating tension between the neighbouring countries could hamper the peace process of South Asia. “Indeed,it risks pushing south Asia towards the dangerous abyss of renewed confrontation,increased hostility,regional instability and even nuclear crisis”.

First published on: 27-08-2013 at 01:03:49 am
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