x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   No untoward incident reported from areas where relaxation was given: Government | Army reschedules recruitment drive in Reasi Jammu | Dr. Manohar lambats local BJp for cheating nationalist people of Jammu | Home delivery of LPG in Srinagar, DC Srinagar reviews status | Around 200 schools in various zones of Srinagar to resume classwork on Monday | DC visits Poonch, takes stock of public issues | Power shutdown | DC Jammu reviews arrangements for Krishan Janmashtami, Shoba Yatra | Boost efforts to facilitate industry in state: Advisor K Skandan | Restrictions lifted from 35 police stations across valley: Govt | Soldier martyred in Pak firing along LoC in Rajouri | Restrictions lifted from 35 Police Stations across Valley: Govt | Supreme Court extends admission deadline for Jammu-Kashmir PM Scholarship students | Landline services in 17 exchanges of Kashmir restored | High alert in Punjab after heavy rain forecast, IMD issues warning for Himachal | China-Pakistan attempt to rake up Kashmir at UNSC falls flat | AK-47 rifle, bullets seized during raid on Bihar's Mokama MLA Anant Singh's residence | Impact of scrapping 370: Disintegration of Pakistan begins, Balochistan celebrates India's I-Day | Rape accused's gang warns senior PDP leaders against hoisting national flag at party office | Identity not tampered with, Governor Satya Pal Malik assures locals | Panchayat Dharap residents desire adequate civic amenities | Will distribute my salary among needy' | Shah Faesal shifted to makeshift detention centre at Centaur Hotel | Independence Day function at Srinagar was unique this year | SC to hear petitions against Article 370 | Ladakh a land of all religions: Ram Madhav urges people not to heed rumours | Indian Army guns down 3 Pak soldiers during ceasefire violation along LoC in Poonch | J&K celebrates "Incident-Free" Independence Day: Top Bureaucrat | Governor hosts Independence Day 'At Home' | Amarnath Yatra concludes with subdued ceremony | Article 370 degraded our culture, language: Ladakh MP Jamyang Namgyal | Geology and Mining deptt plans to auction already disappearing Ravi River | Back Issues  
 
news details
Mufti Sayeed had tried unsuccessfully promote people to people contact
2/11/2019 10:58:44 PM

Former ambassadors and former diplo
mats supported people to people contact between India and Pakistan. This is not feasible because of the anti-India policies being followed by Pakistan. In fact former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohd. Sayeed, had mooted people to people contact between the two sides and in this connection two routes were reopened first via Uri and Muzaffarabad and later Poonch side. And these two routes were converted into trade between the two sides. Initially couple of buses were meant to ferry people from both the sides. However, the number of buses was reduced when there was no cooperation from people. To begin with relations who were separated by the partition crossed the LoC to meet their estranged relations. The people to people contact was established in 2005 but later it ended with hardly any relation coming from across the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and not many from Kashmir visited the PoK. Now after the experiment ended in a fiasco now the prominent diplomats and national security experts of the country have favoured more "people-to-people" contact to ease the strained relations between India and Pakistan, saying "it will sort out a lot of misgivings and misconceptions among the people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC)".
The experts had gathered to deliberate on the theme, 'Transboundary Issues in South Asia-Indus Water Treaty (IWT) and Indo-Pak Relations', during a day-long seminar organised by the department of national security studies, Central University of Jammu in his address, former Ambassador G Parthasarthy advocated for youth-exchange programmes to clear the "misgivings and misunderstandings" on both sides of the LoC. When Pakistan and its Army are engaged in resorting to ceasefire violations for the purpose of pushing groups of militants into the Kashmir valley for raising the level of violence. What guarantee has these experts against Pakistan not sending youth for indulging in violence. Parthasarthy firmly believes that at some stage when things calm down, the best way for the youth on both sides of the LoC would be to meet. Having been on the other side of the LoC, I think a lot of misgivings and misunderstandings about India will be sorted out when we have youth-exchange programmes," Parthasarthy said. Parthasarthy is right when he says let the first calm envelopes the border then only the situation become feasible for arranging exchange programme?
The former Ambassador said the "aam aadmi" (common man) on the other side of the LoC (Pakistan) wanted to live a peaceful life. "We should be very clear as how we are going to deal with Pakistan. Don't treat every Pakistani as a bad guy," he said, adding that "we (India) need to be upfront while dealing with Pakistan". Former Ambassador TCA Raghavan, who is also the director general of the Indian Council for World Affairs, said a "holistic policy" would help both nations to prosper. "The inconsistencies in the bilateral ties will remain but there is an enormous potential for encouraging people-to-people contact and having a restricted visa policy is not a holistic approach to deal with Pakistan," he said. Raghavan said the encouraging contact between academicians, political class, scholars and journalists of the two sides had to be an "intrinsic part" of India's policy. Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, spoke on the military perspectives on the Indo-Pak relations, saying "Pakistan's aim is to prevent India from achieving its aspirations besides keeping India militarily and diplomatically imbalanced". Yes, Lt Gen Hasnain is right when he talks about some misgivings between the two sides. And he is right when he says that Pakistan will not allow India to grow militarily and promote friendly relations with super powers.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU