Stressing the need for opening more historic routes along LoC in the State to facilitate people’s movement, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said connecting people and regions with more routes and other positive activities is her mission.
Interacting with a visiting delegation from Muzaffarabad and adjoining areas which called on her here today, the Chief Minister said dialogue, reconciliation and economic development in the whole region would bring an end to violence, acrimony and most of all miseries of people in the State. She added that she has been demanding the opening of all historic routes across LoC which can get the State to the threshold of prosperity and economic affluence besides sending the message of peace, coexistence, and amity between India and Pakistan.
Mehbooba Mufti said it was unfortunate that violence and acrimony have taken over the discourse between the two countries due to which act on these positive ideas has slowed down. She, however, exuded an optimism that this negativity would ultimately fade and these positive initiatives would take center stage. She said the present phase of these CBMs needs to be taken to next higher level where the points of convergence between the two people become much more pronounced and the lines dividing them become irrelevant forever.
Members of the delegation informed Mehbooba Mufti that the opening of travel and trade routes between the two parts of the State has provided more contacts at the people’s level which has led to their emotional integration paving the way for lowering down of acrimony, violence and ill will between them. “The re opening of these historic routes in the State has been able to restore back, to some extent, the social fabric of the State”, the delegation told the Chief Minister while seeking more progress on these positive interventions.