Hope Ufa thaw between India, Pakistan doesn’t go waste: Mufti

Expresses disappointment over cancellation of NSA-level talks, pins hope on early resumption

‘Want two neighbours to walk bridge of trust together’

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 23: Expressing disappointment over abrupt cancellation of bilateral meeting between National Security Advisors (NSA) of India and Pakistan, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today hoped that break in talks would be temporary and the thaw achieved at Ufa, where Prime Ministers of the two countries met and exhibited great camaraderie, will not be allowed to go waste.

He pinned hope that the two neighbours will reengage soon in a meaningful dialogue and steps taken by New Delhi to remove impediments in normalization of relations will be reciprocated by Islamabad.

The Chief Minister said this, after talks between NSAs of India and Pakistan were called off late last night.

Mufti Sayeed said his Government in the state is firmly committed to provide space for a healthy debate across the political spectrum. “Our action speaks for itself. We have never sought to curb freedom of expression, nor curtail civil liberties of citizens, so long as the recognized rules are observed and there is no attempt to cause disruption in peace,” he added.

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