Mufti discusses Kashmir situation with Vajpayee
2 June 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed on Friday held detailed discussions with the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the Kashmir situation. Sayeed who heads the State-centric Jammu and Kashmir Peoples" Democratic Party (JKPDP) is understood to have complimented Vajpayee on his bold initiative to bring about peace in the region by extending an invitation to Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf. Sayeed's meeting with the Prime Minister assumes significance in the light of the ongoing dialogue of Government's emissary K C Pant with the Kashmiri leaders. Sayeed is reported to have suggested careful handling of the counter-insurgency operations so that the local populace was not put any inconvenience. He is also understood to have extended support to Vajpayee's peace mission including fruitful talks with Musharraf along with dialogue with the J&K leaders. Sayeed reportedly sought the PM’s assurance that no hurdles would be created for greater mobilisation of the people for return to normalcy.