Mufti hails Singh-Zardari meet

Excelsior Correspondent
RS PURA, Apr 8: Terming today’s meeting between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as a good beginning,  patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hoped that this positive development would help in finding pragmatic solutions to a number of issues that affected relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
Addressing public meetings at Langotian and Chak Ahmad Yar villages in border belt of R S Pura, Mr Sayeed said that cordial relations between India and Pakistan were in the interest of the common people of both the countries. He observed that in the prevailing circumstances it was good opportunity to take some bold initiatives to solve all the contentious issues.
“Today’s meeting between Prime Minister of India and Pakistan President is not a coincidence but a positive development to further improve relations between two countries”, he said and hoped that this meeting would yield substantive results and the process started today would be taken to the logical conclusion.
“Although all problems can not be solved in one meeting yet it is good thing that both the countries have now realized that dialogue must be continued to arrive solutions of all the issues affecting the bilateral relationship”, he said and expressed his satisfaction over the joint statement issued by both the leaders after the meeting.
“Both India and Pakistan should seize the moment and turn it into a stepping stone to make substantial progress on all the issues including Jammu and Kashmir,” he said and hoped that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would visit Pakistan very soon because invitation in this regard has been extended to him by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during today’s meeting. He further hailed decision of both the leaders to follow up today’s decisions in coming days also. Mr Sayeed said that Pakistan has already taken the decision to  grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India and this bold decision could redefine the bilateral relations and regional equations in South Asia.