Welcoming resumption of talks at highest level between India and Pakistan during the SAARC summit,PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday stressed on the need for a sustained Kashmir-centric dialogue between the two countries.
“Apart from discussing other problems,Kashmir issue should be discussed through humanitarian angle as residents of this region have been bearing maximum brunt of the enmity between the two countries,” Sayeed said in a statement here.
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani was a welcome step and should be appreciated by all political parties.
“Instead of sticking to the hackneyed slogans,both the countries should have to adopt to realistic and purposeful policy to resolve all issues especially the Kashmir problem for lasting and sustainable peace in this region,” the former chief minister said.
He hoped that the process should be further accelerated because hostility between two neighbourers was neither in the interest of the two countries nor in the interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Peoples Democratic Party patron also emphasized on evolving political consensus on the Kashmir issue as solution to the problem was must for the country’s development and economic growth.
He said all political parties should put full weight behind the latest peace initiative with Pakistan initiated by Prime Minister during SAARC summit at Thimphu in Bhutan.
“Since,friendship with the neighbouring country is inevitable for the growth and progress of entire region,consensus among all political parties could put the desired pace and power into the process of dialogue,” he observed and called all political groups to rise above partisan interests.
“To give credibility to the dialogue process there is a need to initiate some more Confidence Building Measures (CMBs) especially making the cross LoC trade hassle-free,” he said,adding the Prime Minister should take some concerted steps to keep a check on the violation of human rights in Kashmir.