Dual Currency Idea Not A Poll Stunt, Says Sayeed

20 April 2008

Jammu: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed lashed out at National Conference and other political rivals for giving a twist to his statement on using currency of both Pakistan and India in Jammu and Kashmir. He reiterated that his proposal was for both sides of Kashmir and it would benefit the people on the two sides of the Line of Control, as did the opening of Srinagar-Muzzaffrabad and Poonch-Rawlakote roads by connecting the two parts of Kashmir. Sayeed said those calling it as an election stunt were bereft of basic understanding of things. He was addressing a public meeting Saturday evening in Sunjwan in Jammu before concluding his over a fortnight-long stay in the region. At a rally in Rajouri, a border town, early this week, Sayeed mooted the use of Pakistani currency in Jammu and Kashmir along side Indian currency in Pakistani Kashmir. “This is a visionary suggestion to make,” he said and also told his critics they should realise that Jammu and Kashmir would stand to benefit more as the Indian rupee was much stronger than the Pakistani currency. An Indian rupee is equivalent to 1.57 Pakistan rupees. He reiterated it is not an election slogan but a serious idea to speed up the process of solving the vexed Kashmir issue.