May 2003 News

Mufti Wants Opening Of Indo-Pak Border At Uri

29 May 2003
The Asian Age

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday suggested opening a transit point at Uri in the state and said 'softening' of borders would negate the propaganda being spread in Pakistan that the people of the state were being 'held hostage.' Terming the step as a key to normalise the situation in the state, Mr Sayeed said that the media in Pakistan has given an impression that the people in Jammu and Kashmir are being held captive by the security forces. 'Once transit points are opened, may be in Uri, things will be clearer and those spreading the propaganda will be pushed to the wall,' Mr Sayeed told reporters on the sidelines of a Planning Commission meeting. As claimed by the chief minister earlier, he had also raised this issue with the deputy prime minister L.K. Advani on May 12. He had said that if such a proposal could be considered for Rajasthan, why couldn't be the same be considered for Jammu and Kashmir.


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