A new beginning, says Mufti

A new beginning, says Mufti
  • Kashmir will receive its due attention: Omar
  • Why were talks suspended last year, questions Congress

SRINAGAR: Pro-India parties on Wednesday welcomed the revival of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan after the meeting between Narendra Modi and Nawaz sharif the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Ufa, Russia.
Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, according to an official statement, said that the meeting has marked “a new beginning.”
“We warmly welcome the latest initiative by the Prime Minister of our country and his Pakistani counterpart to revive the peace process between the two neighboring countries,” Sayeed said.
“We see a ray of hope in the fresh initiative and hope that it would turn out to be a defining moment in the Indo-Pak ties,”Sayeed said and added that his Government would be looking forward to not only stabilization of borders in J&K but also the revival and expansion of the JK-specific Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), which are presently in a limbo.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak talks, hoping that the dialogue is sustained over the long term for results.
“Resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue is a welcome development. I only hope that this time it is sustained over the long term for results,” Omar wrote on micro blogging site Twitter.
He said though Pakistan had not mentioned Kashmir, the issue would receive its due attention.
“We expect that in spite of Pakistan not mentioning Kashmir at all that the issue of Kashmir will receive its due attention going ahead,” Omar said.
The National Conference Working President said the resumption of talks was a good first step but as there have been too many breaks in the process in the past, it would not excite the people here much.
“We’ve seen too many breaks in this process to allow today’s announcements to excite us much here in the valley but it’s a good 1st step,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) welcomed the meeting but said the talk was mere “rhetoric” and no “breakthrough achieved.”
“Modi-Sharief meeting in Russia is a welcome move”, JKPCC President and former Minister Gulam Ahmed Mir said here.
Mir said “Much has been said regarding Modi-Sharief meet that took place in Russia, there were high expectations that talks would lead to a major breakthrough and would be result oriented, but nothing concrete have happened during the meet”.
Taking a dig at Modi, Mir said “talks between Modi and Sharief were just rhetoric. No breakthrough achieved so far”.
JKPCC Chief said that Congress Party would welcome and support any move that would lead to complete peace on the borders and between the two Countries (India and Pakistan).
He said Congress Party wants cordial atmosphere with neighbours but at the same time won’t compromise on National integrity and sovereignty.

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