Mufti To Kasuri: Involve Kashmiris In Peace Process
4 April 2007
New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Wednesday met Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Called for involving the people of the state as 'stakeholders in the peace process'. 'People (of Jammu and Kashmir) must become stakeholders in the peace process through their active involvement in the economic activities in the region as they have unfortunately failed to keep pace with the rest of the world due to more than a decade long turmoil in the state,' Sayeed said, according to a statement issued by his People's Democratic Party (PDP), after his interaction with Kasuri on the sidelines of 14th SAARC summit. He emphasised the need for hassle-free travel and trade across the Line of Control (LoC) between two parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Sayeed said Jammu and Kashmir, which has been the bone of contention between India and Pakistan, can emerge as a bridge for building new bonds of friendship. During his interaction with other SAARC leaders, the PDP patron called for turning Jammu and Kashmir into a hub of inter- regional trade and economic activity of the SAARC countries. Sayeed said the state should be opened to economic activities of the South Asian region so that the people of the state could also reap the benefits of the economic liberalisation'.