Pakistan must realise India's sincerity: Advani
1 June 2001
The Indian Express
Jammu: Pakistani rulers must realise India's sincerity in pursuing peace and friendship which has been reflected in a large number of initiatives taken by the Government in the past few years, Home Minister L.K. Advani said on Friday. "Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had dipped his hands in the historic Sindhu river last year during the Sindhu Darshan festival. If (Pakistani military ruler) Gen Pervez Musharraf had dipped his hands in this river in Sukkur or Hyderabad (in Pakistan) at the same time, he would have realised the warmth, cordiality and feeling of friendship Vajpayeeji has," Advani said. "This feeling of friendship has been reflected in the recent peace initiatives of our Government," the Home Minister said inaugurating the Sindhu Darshan festival and the newly- created 'sindhu Ghat" at Shey-Manla near here. 'sindhu river will not only become a symbol of India's cultural unity, but also a symbol of international peace and friendship, say between India and Pakistan," Advani said, adding Ladakh had found a place in the tourist map of India. Referring to a suggestion by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah that the pilgrimage to Mansarovar lake in China should pass through Damchuk in Ladakh as it was a much easier route, he said the matter had already been raised with Beijing which had "certain objections". "But we will pursue the matter at Governmental level," Advani said. Abdullah, in his speech, said the Centre should urge Beijing to allow the annual Mansarovar pilgrimage to enter its border from Damchuk where Sindhu river enters India.