Srinagar: Praising External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today termed it as a step in the right direction which would benefit the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “The External Affairs Minister having expressed her commitment for a comprehensive bilateral dialogue has sent-out a positive signal, having the potential to go a very long way in resolving the disputes between India and Pakistan. “The Minister has laid stress on two very important issues viz. humanitarian issues and religious tourism, this would ensure not only a boost in our economy but also in easier person to person contact between the two sides, which would benefit the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg said.
Beg also pointed-out that the statement of the External affairs Minister that India will move “at a pace which Pakistan is comfortable with” shows immense maturity and flexibility in the Centre’s attitude.
It perfectly sync with what Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed had mooted for in the massive rally held in Srinagar on November 7 in presence of the Prime Minister. “Mufti Sahab had vouched for a flexible attitude from India vis-a-vis Pakistan, India being the bigger and mightier power and this has now formed the basis of India’s External Affairs strategy with Pakistan,” Beg said.
He also welcomed the NSA-level talks and the involvement of Army in the talks between the two countries. He appreciated the ‘intent’ with which the talks were being held at a neutral venue, away from the media glare.
Beg said the two countries should carry on in this direction, while being vary of the ‘enemies of peace’ who may try and disrupt this process.