Cross-LoC Trade To Break Indo-Pak Obduracy

24 September 2008
Kashmir Observer

Poonch: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said the opening of Srinagar-Muzafarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote Roads for trade would mark the revival of Kashmir's pre-partition era business connectivity with the rest of the world. Addressing a series of public meetings in Poonch PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra said the beginning of the trade through traditional cross-LoC routes would break the decades of intransigence on both sides and it is now only a matter of time when all the regions of the State will have free access across the LoC. 'This will restore the people of Jammu & Kashmir, the right to travel freely in the region, that they had prior to partition,' he said and added that the meeting points along the LoC must also be now converted into full-fledged crossing points. Karra said although the emerging situation in Pakistan has a direct bearing on Jammu & Kashmir, the Government of India must reinforce its resolve to work through peaceful means and through public participation towards restoration of permanent peace in the State. He said the time has come to allow the civil society in the State to assert itself as a matter of right and not a concession. He said the instruments of the State and the civil society must have a greater role in the matters of governance and the internal security. 'That is of fundamental importance to allow the democratic institutions of the State to grow and flourish,' he said and added that elements of sanity, common sense and pragmatism should be picked up to strike a new benchmark in the State in light of the global and sub-continental realities. Karrra said the Government must take concrete measures for healing physical, psychological and emotional wounds inflicted on Kashmiris. He said it must strive towards political stability and fulfilling expectations of the people of the state.