'Soft Borders' Policy Will Help Settle Kashmir Issue: Zardari
15 November 2008
The Times of India
: Favouring a policy of 'soft borders' for Kashmir, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said greater contacts between the peoples on the two sides will pave the way for a final settlement of the issue. Citing the recent opening of the cross LoC trade 'as just one step to bring the Kashmiris together,' Zardari said this was a crucial move for ushering in peace and prosperity in the whole region. 'The opening of cross LoC trade recently is just one step to bring the Kashmiris together. Who knows this step... might turn out to be a lead forward for ushering in peace and prosperity in the whole region', the president said in a message read at a national conference in memory of eminent intellectual Khan Zaman Mirza in Mirpur late on Friday night. Zardari said his government is moving steadily to find an honourable solution to the Kashmir issue 'in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people,' the APP reported. 'We believe that the policy of soft borders - so that the people of the two parts of Kashmir can meet, travel and do business - can be pursued without compromising on the issue of Kashmir,' he said.