In a statement, he said the SAARC formatting of the initiative was a very constructive approach which could augur well for realizing the economic potential of the South Asian region.
Mufti said the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister on his swearing in by inviting the SAARC leaders including Mr Sharif had set the right tone for India’s leadership role in the region but the calling off the secretary level talks soon after, had blunted its potential. “The resumption of talks and the Prime Minister’s telephonic conversation with Mr Sharif have come as a major intervention to revive the stalled peace process between our country and Pakistan,” he said.
The PDP Patron said friendship between India and Pakistan is of prime importance for releasing the creative energies from decades long atmosphere of hostility of which Jammu and Kashmir has been the main victim.
Mufti said Jammu and Kashmir has borne the brunt of wars, militancy and a destabilized political situation as a result of the conflict between the two countries, and it is a good omen that Prime Minister has taken up the bold initiative at a crucial stage of the state’s history.
“Economic progress in Jammu and Kashmir can generate a political dividend and emotional satisfaction only in an atmosphere of peace which can be anchored in the overall framework of India- Pakistan amity,” he added.