Mufti hopeful that NSA-level talks between India and Pak would improve ties

Mufti hopeful that NSA-level talks between India and Pak would improve ties

JAVID ALI
SALAMABAD: Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday expressed hope that the upcoming talks between National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan would improve ties between the two countries
The chief minister said that the talks between Indian NSA Ajit Davol and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, which will be held later this week, is a constructive step taken by both the countries to gain stability in the region.
“I welcome the gesture and will pray for its success and want both the advisors to take it to another level to ensure its success,” said Sayeed said after laying foundation stone for several works at Salamabad near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district.
Sayeed, who was accompanied by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, said that government was willing to improve the cross-border trade, which would help towards diplomatic settlement of issues between the two countries.
“I am an optimist and I see a stable trade future with Pakistan, and I hope reconciliation process will start soon for good results,” he said.
“In 2004, my government had started the cross-border trade with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India. We ensured better relations and trade with Pakistan. Now, our government is again willing to improve the cross-border trade and I assure that I will make Uri a Show Window particularly for this purpose,” he added.
The chief minister also stated that “India should trust Kashmir” for a better future.
He said that his government has made “progress” in talks with the government of India over extending banking and telecommunication facilities to LoC traders.
Sayeed said talks were also on for clearance of proposed trade delegation to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) for smooth conduct of cross-LoC trade.
“The State Government has achieved progress in the negotiations with Centre over extending banking and telecom facilities and clearance of proposed trade delegation to Muzaffarabad for business-related discussions, which are vital for smooth conduct of cross-LoC trade,” Sayeed said.
Dy CM on relations with Pakistan
Nirmal Singh stressed on good relations between the people from both the countries, and said that people from Pakistan “want peace and good relations with their neighbors.”
“I have been to Pakistan couple of times and I observed that people are very nice and want to live peacefully. Our government is very keen to improve the cross-border trade with Pakistan. We want to strengthen the ties with them,” Singh said.
He said that both India and Pakistan should make efforts to address their issues and should work together like European countries.
“In Europe, during First World War, they were enemies, now they have bus service between them. India and Pakistan used to be one country prior to 1947, we can have good relations like European countries, it is possible,” Singh said.

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