PM hopes call for dialogue with Pak is reciprocated

Written by Muzamil Jaleel | Srinagar | Updated: Oct 31 2009, 04:27am hrs
Reiterating his appeal for a dialogue on Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said, I made an appeal for dialogue yesterday and I hope it will be reciprocated in the spirit in which it was made. We have to carry all the stakeholders with us to achieve a permanent and peaceful reconciliation in J&K so that we can concentrate on an ambitious development agenda that will lead to a full economic revival and reconstruction and will create a lot more jobs for the young people of the state. He was speaking at a press conference here at the conclusion of his two-day visit to the Valley.

We want a peaceful resolution of all the problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, both in its internal dimension and also in its external dimension. We feel it is in our interest, it is in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and it is in the interest of the people of Pakistan that relations between our two countries should be what they ought to be between two neighbours, the Prime Minister said.

On dialogue with Pakistan, Singh emphasised that the Centres demand that Islamabad must bring the terrorist groups under effective control was not a pre-condition for the resumption of the negotiations. Indias and Pakistans destinies are interlinked. If negotiations to deal with all outstanding issues are to make any headway, it is essential that the terrorist elements should be brought under control, he said. We are a democracy and if day in and day out the terrorist attacks continue to take the precious lives of our citizens, we cannot create the requisite mahaul for meaningful negotiations. So it is not a pre-condition but it is a practical way of looking at things.