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Visit Pakistan, CPI-M to PM, seek general amnesty in Kashmir

Posted on Dec 08, 07:15PM | UNI

Urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan to break the political stalemate between the two neighbours, the Communist Party of India (M) today said the peace process should not be overturned because of domestic compulsions.

Addressing a public meeting at Arreh in South Kashmir, the CPI(M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami observed that time is running out for both India and Pakistan to sincerely change their foreign relations paradigm.

"For Dr Singh, in the twilight of his political career, the latest invitation from Pakistan President perhaps provides him a chance to be magnanimous and go down in the annals of history as a statesman, not a mere politician," remarked Tarigami.

Reminding Dr Singh of his announcement made last month that he was ready for a visit to Pakistan as the move would prove fruitful, Mr Tarigami said the visit would signal a visible thaw in Pakistan- India relations, which had deteriorated after Mumbai attacks.

"I earnestly appeal to Dr Singh not to get swayed by the domestic political compulsions and visit the neighbouring country to prove to be the fruit of behind-the-scenes diplomatic engagement between the two countries since the attack," he added.

He said dialogue process between India and Pakistan needs impetus but simultaneously there is need to address the internal dimensions of the problem.

"Dialogue between India and Pakistan will remain inconclusive unless the political aspirations of Kashmiris are included in the same," he said.

Urging New Delhi and Islamabad to give up rigidity on their stated positions on Kashmir and show statesmanship to resolve the problem for the prosperity and peace in the region, Tarigami said besides taking concrete efforts for rapid development across Line of Control (LoC), initiating a meaningful dialogue with the voices of dissent was inevitable for amicable resolution of Kashmir problem.