PDP Says, J&K People Be Allowed To Visit Pak
29 October 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: The political affairs committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which met here today under the chairmanship of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed demanded that the people from the state should be allowed to visit Pakistan as part of the people to people contact programme. The committee expressed satisfaction over the visits of the Pakistani journalists and the pilgrims and said that these visits have led to further strengthening of people to people contact. The committee said that these visits are milestones as far as improving bilateral relations between India and Pakistan are concerned. The committee welcomed the new trends in Indo-Pak relations and said that the thaw in the relations of the two neighbouring countries has led to the easing of tension and making a positive impact on situation in the state. The committee thanked the prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the central government's reiteration of going ahead with dialogue with the people of state and resolving the issues with Pakistan through peaceful means. It also welcomed the recent meeting of the prime minister with Pakistani president General Parvez Musharraf. The committee expressed satisfaction over the development scenario in the state particularly on extending basic and infrastructure facilities to the remote and far flung areas of the state. Senior leaders of the party Ghulam Hassan Mir, Abdul Aziz Zargar, Qazi Mohammad Afzal, Nissar Ahmad Khan, Sardar Rangeel Singh and Ved Mahajan were present during the meeting.