Mehbooba Mufti for revival of Indo-Pak reconciliation process

By: |
Samba | Published: June 23, 2016 7:49:39 PM

Batting for revival of the Indo-Pak reconciliation process to bring about peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said if hostilities between the two neighbours can become news, why cannot cultural bonhomie.

Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir, Anantnag assembly, Lok Sabha, PDP ChiefThe PDP leader said like “siblings locked in an endless rivalry”, India and Pakistan have bickered for well over six decades.(Reuters)

Batting for revival of the Indo-Pak reconciliation process to bring about peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said if hostilities between the two neighbours can become news, why cannot cultural bonhomie.

“I wonder if hostilities can become news between the two neighbours, why can’t such cultural bonhomie,” she told reporters here.

Mehbooba joined thousands of devotees from the two countries at the shrine of Baba Chamliyal near the International Border (IB) in Ramgarh sector of Samba district on the occasion of the annual Mela of the mystic saint.

ALSO READ: Mehbooba Mufti hits out at separatists

MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, state Industries Minister Chander Parkash Ganga and state Tourism Minister Priya Sethi accompanied the Chief Minister.

Mehbooba said given its socio-religious significance, Chamliyal could become the hub of a new movement for reconciliation in the region.

“I hope our good intentions are reciprocated by our neighbour,” she said, emphasising on people-to-people contact between the two countries “to remove mistrust and create a congenial atmosphere for dialogue and reconciliation”.

The PDP leader said like “siblings locked in an endless rivalry”, India and Pakistan have bickered for well over six decades.

“Transforming that rivalry into a mature, productive relationship will be difficult but the consequences of continued animosity will be much worse,” said Mehbooba, adding that there is always a possibility of friendship between the two countries as both the cultures share “a fondness for each other”.

She said if there is any “silver lining in the grey clouds of competition”, it is the fact that normalising relations would be a boon for business in both countries.

“It may sound simplistic but building relationships is the key to peace and economic prosperity in the subcontinent in the foreseeable future,” she said, adding that some “measurable amount of friendship” will become unavoidable “very soon”.

She said both the countries stand to gain if bilateral trade, economic and societal relations between the two improve and they are able to resolve their problems gradually.

“This can be possible if they are innovative in their thinking and break out of the stranglehold of one-sided, emotionally charged narrative of history,” she said, adding to begin with there can be friendly exchanges in various fields such as art, environment, culture, youth affairs, sports, information and media.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

FinancialExpress_1x1_Imp_Desktop