KATHUA, Feb 28: J&K Peace and Territorial Integrity Forum (JKPTIF) has strongly advocated talks between PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif in the interest of the people of J&K.
Addressing a well attended one-day seminar of the Forum, its president, ID Khajuria, said that since partition of the Country in 1947 Kashmir has remained the bone of contention between India and Pakistan and this issue has been exploited by some vested interests, who have adopted confrontational instead of conciliatory attitude resulting in huge suffering of the people of the State. He advocated for a dialogue with the stakeholders for lasting peace in the South Asian Sub-Continent.
Patron of the Forum, Sheikh Abdul Rehman (Ex-MP), in his address said that both India and Pakistan are busy in amassing huge war material from Super Powers to be used against each other at the cost of welfare of their citizens. “As both the countries have nuclear war heads, there is open threat to the peace in the region”, he said, adding, it is only because of their hostile relations that SAARC countries could not meet in 2016 at Pakistan to discuss agenda of mutual peace, development, trade and prosperity.
He said that Prime Ministers of both the countries have their own home compulsion. While Nawaz Sharief is involved in corruption in view of Panama leaks, Narendra Modi is locked in Assembly elections in 5 States, failure of demonetization, black money and unemployment front.
“It appears that there is a match fixing between the two leaders to keep their respective countrymen busy in their respective domestic compulsions”, he said and urged upon prime ministers of both the countries to start dialogue involving all stakeholders so that the people of the State, who are most sufferers, may heave a sigh of relief.
Dr Zahoor-ud-Din, Advisor of the Forum and General secretary, Advocate Jalil Ahmed Qazmi, also spoke on the occasion.