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Mehbooba for better Indo-Pak ties, J-K as gateway to central

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Batting strongly for better Indo-Pak relations for peace in Jammu and Kashmir, today called for making J-K a gateway to central and urged countries to invest in the state.

She made the comment during the motion of thanks to the governor's address in the state

"countries should get united and make J-K a model state. They should establish banks, trade, industries and universities. It should become an example.

"Thereshould be one currency on the lines of the (EU). There should be a EUtrade model," she said.

Welcoming the recent meeting of the national security advisors of and in Thailand, Mehbooba said she wishes for normalisation of relations between the two countries and that the state become a bridge of peace, faith and trust between and

is strategically located and this should be exploited for positive and gainful "Why can't we be the gateway to central We should be part of the Silk Route," she said

"Let us explore opportunities of Tashkant, Kashgar, which have been historic routes through which Islam came to

"It was this tolerant Islam which groomed us to think on rational and humanitarian lines while deciding our fate in 1947," the said.

The state should become the gateway to central It should start from Jammu, then and finally end in Ladakh, Mehbooba suggested.

"We should also open up LoC roads and allow people to go and see central and There are countries beyond Pakistan, which should also become part of this journey. We have to look toward these routes in central Asia, from where Islam came to J-K. But in 1947, the routes were closed," she said.

On Indo-Pak talks and better relations, the chief minister said, "There is no way out without talks with If you have to restore peace and end bloodshed in the state, you will have to better relations between and Pakistan."

"We have been saying that 200 militants were killed and they (Pakistan) will send another 200 militants. Infiltration is on. During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's time, Pervez Musharraf had promised to stop infiltration. But, infiltration is still on," she said.

"India is a big country and the has a big heart. We should try for ensuring better relations. We want peace and normalcy in J-K and also better Indo-Pak relations," Mehbooba said.

Pakistan has to understand that that has written its future and the only thing which is now possible is that the state can become a peace bridge, she said.

"The problem (in Kashmir) will be resolved if there will be good relations. Our problem will be resolved if J-K becomes a peace bridge between India and Pakistan instead of a battle ground

"Whatever we have to get, we will get it from the country (India). We ask Pakistan to stop infiltration and stop sending guns. Let us live together," Mehbooba said.

The said that the Indian Constitution is the "mother of J-K's Constitution and we can get it from here and there is nothing beyond it."

To empower people at the grass root, she said her government intends to hold elections to panchayats and urban local local bodies, and put in place a three tier governance apparatus.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 21:50 IST