PM's Peace Offer An Indelible Mark In History: Hurriyat
4 May 2003
News Network International
Srinagar: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Sunday lauded Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's initiative to improve relations with Pakistan saying Vajpayee was serious about leaving a lasting impression on world history by resolving the Kashmir issue. Vajpayee, who extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan and followed it up by announcing confidence building measures with the neighbouring country in the Parliament, is serious about leaving a lasting impression on global history by attempting to resolve the long-pending Kashmir issue, Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said here. 'I think there is a realisation in India and Pakistan that now is the time to address the problems particularly Kashmir to ensure permanent peace in the region,' APHC Chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said. Reacting to Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's statement in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Bhat said Vajpayee's speech in Srinagar marked the beginning of an understanding between the leadership of two countries in the larger interest of people in the entire South Asian region, Kashmir Observer reported. 'Neither India nor Pakistan can afford the luxury of sleeping over the problems that constitute potential threat to peace in the region,' the APHC chairman said, adding he hoped the leaders of the two countries 'will rise to the occasion and move forward with a will and with wisdom to achieve peace and ensure prosperity'. Saying that the leadership in the subcontinent was aware of the concern across the globe over the tension between India and Pakistan, he said, 'It is therefore incumbent on the leadership to address the issue and take into account the sensitivities involved in the situation.' 'If we have to prove to the world that we have the capability at our own level to deal with any situation the message will go far and wide that India and Pakistan are the real peace makers in the region'.