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Mehbooba Mufti seeks India-Pakistan dialogue

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday urged In­dia and Pakistan to revive their peace process for the sake of peace in Jammu and Kashmir. The Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) leader made the appeal after joining thousands at the annual Urs at the shrine of revered Sufi saint Baba Chamliyal in Ramgarh sector near Pakistan border.

Resuming the stalled In­dia-Pakistan reconciliation was imperative to bring about peace in Jammu and Kash­mir and beyond, she said.

The Chief Minister also pitched for opening new cross-border meeting points to expand people-to-people contacts between the divid­ed Jammu and Kashmir.

“We are working with the government of India for opening the Suchet­garh-Sialkot, Kargil-Skardu, Nowshera-Mirpur and some other roads to expand peo­ple-to-people contacts.”

She added: “Suchetgarh has the potential of becom­ing Jammu and Kashmir’s Wagah, as was envisioned by Mufti Mohammad Say­eed,” her father and prede­cessor who died in January.

Mehbooba Mufti said in the long run Suchetgarh could become another trading point with Pakistan like Salamabad and Chakan-da-Bagh.

She said Suchetgarh had been taken up for develop­ment as a border tourism destination.

This would involve re­storing the old Octroi Post, constructing a multi-purpose hall, developing a water body and landscaping the lawns to enhance the ambience of the place. Every year devo­tees from India and Pakistan converge at the border near the sanctum sanctorum tc pay their obeisance to Baba Chamliyal, revered by people in both countries.

While Pakistan Rangers offered thaddar’ for the shrine, the civil administra­tion of Samba and the Border Security Force handed over ‘Shakkar and Sharbat’ (holy soil and water) to the Rangers.

Felicitating people on both sides of the border for exhibiting affectionate cultur­al bonding, the Chief Minister said Chamliyal village would be developed to promote border tourism.

She called for highlight­ing the cultural camaraderie between the people of India and Pakistan.

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