PDP Praises Manmohan On Cross-LoC Cooperation

14 December 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertion that his government was committed to carrying forward cross-LoC cooperation, the PDP on Sunday said it would help create 'new space' for reconciliation in the region and put the peace process back on track. 'We welcome the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertion that India was committed to resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogue. The civil soceity in both the countries need to respond to the emerging challenging situation so that the peace process is put back on the track', PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said. Addressing a series of poll rallies at Dooru and Homshalibugh constituencies of Anantnag, Sayeed described it as an 'appropriate and fitting response to the mature, civilized and non-violent expression of aspirations by the people of the state'. 'Singh's reiteration that his Government is committed to carry forward and expand the process of cross-LoC cooperation and trade in Jammu and Kashmir would help create a new space for reconciliation in the region,' the former chief minister said. 'Indo-Pak cooperation is the key to resolving the region's problems and Kashmir would have a pivotal role in cementing those relations,' he said. Addressing an election rally in Khundroo, the prime minister had said 'we cannot change the borders but lessen the restrictions on travel between the two countries. 'More links with Pakistan would be reopened for greater people-to-people contacts and to improve trade relations,' Singh said.