JAMMU: Giving wings to her father’s dream of making Suchetgarh JK’s Wagah, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said she will be delighted if the border town is promoted as a people-to-people meeting point with Sialkot, in Pakistan, across the International Border (IB).
She urged media to highlight the cultural camaraderie that exists between the people of India and Pakistan.
“I wonder if hostilities can become news between the two neighbours, why can’t cultural bonhomie,” she asked, while touring border areas of Suchetgarh and shrine of Baba Chamliyal, revered by people on both sides of the IB.
While interacting with media-persons on the sidelines of her tour, the CM invoked the legacy of former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed by sending a strong message of peace and reconciliation to both India and Pakistan. She cited the example of US and Iran, two sworn enemies, who have recently ended hostilities and stitched a new phase of engagement. “If US and Iran can join hands, I see no reason why India and Pakistan cannot come together to restore stability and begin a new era of peace and prosperity in the region,” she added.
Favouring more transit points for people-to-people contact, she said cultural affinity across the two regions is too strong to resist.
“I hope our good intentions are reciprocated by our neighbour,” she added.