Reconciliation With Pakistan is my Dream: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

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Reconciliation With Pakistan is my Dream: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

According to Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, PM Modi has been totally focused on development in Jammu and Kashmir.


Jammu:  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said reconciliation with Pakistan is on the agenda of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-BJP alliance in the state but termed it as an "evolutionary process".

The chief minister said that he will continue pursuing the agenda of reconciliation with the neighbouring country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

When asked about why he termed the PM Modi's Srinagar rally last week as historic even though he did talk about reconciliation with Pakistan, Mr Sayeed said, "Modi is not under any pressure to talk about Pakistan."

"You (media) should not jump to conclusions. Everything is in an evolutionary process... Whatever is that. Reconciliation with Pakistan, it is on the agenda of alliance," he said at a press conference at his residence today.

"It (reconciliation with Pakistan) is there. I have high hope on that. Why should we make Prime Minister say everything like that (talk about reconciliation with Pakistan). Why should he say that. He is not under pressure to say that," Mr Sayeed said.

The PDP chief was replying to a volley of questions on the Prime Minister's rally in Srinagar. "I met the Prime Minister in private and impressed upon him that it will be good to talk to Pakistan the way Atal Bihari Vajpayee did. But he is PM of the country. But there is no option except reconciliation," he said.

"I say if there is friendship with Pakistan, we are bestowed with peace here. During the Vajpayee's period he got peace and everything was peaceful. I will not give up my effort, it will be my endeavour to pursue it with the PM to have reconciliation and that is my dream," Mr Sayeed added.

Asked whether PM Modi is proving to be difficult for you as compared to Mr Vajpayee as far as holding talks with Pakistan is concerned, Mr Sayeed said, "during my previous meetings with him, Modi has been totally focused on Jammu and Kashmir on development front. Good governance and development one major issue."

"When he (Modi) entered into alliance with me, it (reconciliation with Pakistan) is written there that there will be friendly relations with the neighbouring state... It is not possible that Mufti will achieve everything in one go. It is important that I be able to create atmosphere of friendship between two countries," he added.


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