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Madni hails Home Minister’s latest peace initiative

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Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  Vice President Mohammad Sartaj Madni has said that Jammu and Kashmir state is likely to witness a promising phase of peace and development as a prelude to dispute resolution.

He said soon after ceasefire as a mark of respect to Holy month of Ramzan a process has well begun with New Delhi pursuing several other measures of reconciliation and confidence- building.

Madni said revival of the moves which changed whole scenario during 2002 -2005 is becoming possible which is received with optimism by people of the state with a strong hope that violence as a means of problem resolution will come to close. Madni hailed union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for his latest initiative inviting Pakistan and Hurriyat  for peace building by way of ending hostilities.

“This gesture comes close to Prime Minister Narender Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir where he dropped hints of a positive process which could bring relief to people and would also reduce tensions,” Madni said.

Madni said that New Delhi and Islamabad should realize the importance of reconciliation and dialogue if they want to partner the global agenda of growth, development and cooperation  and want the people of the sub-continent to come out of Cold War situation obtaining here for long.

He said given the level of hostilities between two neighbouring countries and intensity of anger among the youth of Kashmir, ceasefire may seem a small measure in the intractable and difficult situation.

“But now seen linked with a broader process the move can well be acknowledged as beginning for much needed reconciliation and sustainable dialogue among all the stake holders,” Madni said adding, so far ceasefire has shown positive gains on the ground; public is feeling relieved and level of violence has come down even as guns continue to roar at borders at the cost of border residents.

Madni appealed Pakistan government and separatists to shun cynicism and receive the ceasefire move and the linked moves of reconciliation as sincere and sustainable effort towards meaningful dialogue and mutual bonhomie.

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