India, Pak Should Given Up Confrontational Approach On Kashmir

13 May 2008

Srinagar: The pro-Indian Kashmiri leader and former chief minister of Kashmir, Dr.Farooq Abdullah, has asserted that confrontations have no place between India and Pakistan. He urged both the countries to take concrete measures to take the dialogue process to its conclusion. 'Both India and Pakistan should work for creating an atmosphere of understanding and confidence among each other for a long lasting peace in the sub-continent,' he said. Referring to the visit of Indian External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Pakistan, he hoped that the two sides will move ahead with the peace process, which will not only help in resolving the decades old Kashmir issue but will help building a strong bi-lateral relationship between the two nations. Expressing optimism regarding the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan, Abdullah urged the two countries to give final shape to the much awaited trade links across the Line of Control. 'We are waiting for the day when trucks will be allowed to move between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot route', he said. 'I urge both India and Pakistan to vigorously carry forward the talks so that in addition to other bi-lateral issues between India and Pakistan the all important Kashmir issue gets resolved forever,' he said.