'Avoid provocative utterances'

Jammu, Jan 18: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Patron Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Friday urged the leadership of both India and Pakistan to avoid provocative rhetoric in order to ensure peace along the Line of Control.
 “The situation demands that instead of indulging into provocative utterance both the countries should continue process of dialogue to prevent another era of turmoil in this sub continent,” Mufti urged and recalled how residents of Jammu and Kashmir had faced worst situation during hostility between India and Pakistan before announcement of cease-fire on LoC.
 Addressing a public meeting at Akhnoor, about 28 kilometers from here, the PDP patron said that the peace process initiated by his government was an irreversible process and roadmap laid by his party was the only way to establish sustainable peace in this sub-continent.
 He said that the political leadership of both India and Pakistan should maintain spirit of the ceasefire on Line of Control (LoC) to ensure peace and tranquility in the sub-continent.
 While cautioning against approach of hawkish elements who are opposing continuation of dialogue between India and Pakistan, he reminded that it was during the NDA regime that a composite dialogue process was started.
 “When the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had extended hand of friendship towards Pakistani during historic rally at Srinagar on April 18, 2003, tension was high on the borders and there was an eye ball to eye situation”, he recalled and hastened to add PDP through its pro-peace polices convinced both the neighbouring countries to break the ice and take some Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) for restoration of peace in this region.
 "Previous NDA regime headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and present UPA government led by Dr Manmohan Singh whole heartedly supported the initiatives taken by us for establishing sustainable  peace in this region", Sayed said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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