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Jammu, December 12

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  said here on Monday that  Jammu and Kashmir can be   the starting point  for  India initiated  Economic Corridor parallel to the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor  to reach out to Pakistan and  Central Asia.

Arguing her case for broader and friendly opening of routes, which would deliver peace and economic prosperity to the region , Chief Minister made a passionate plea  to open  more routes  with Pakistan to extend  it further to  Central Asia. “ This can bring massive change in our fortunes,” she said while speaking at a function  where she distributed cheques among  the Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir refugees, now settled here.

“Whatever  has happened in the past few months has  resulted in death and destruction  in both the countries. This does not augur well for either India or Pakistan,” the Chief Minister said.  She said that the whole scene can change when  Pakistan  goes back to its original commitment  ( as enshrined in Islamabad declaration  of January 6, 2004) of not sponsoring terrorism from its soil or the territories under its control to Jammu and Kashmir.”

India should have friendly ties with Pakistan , she argued, but  Pakistan has to stop all means of  spreading violence and confusion in  Jammu and Kashmir. “ The state is important because it is crown of India and the central point of opening of new routes to Pakistan and Central Asia.”

“The  ( $46 billion ) CPEC has become a corner stone of the  new economic  activity from China to Pakistan , we too, can have similar  activity by constructing our own corridor.  The state can play a crucial role  because of its  all-important geographical location , but the greater necessity is of peace and  friendly relations in the region,” Mehbooba added .

And the route to this new- era peace and vision  is rooted in the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s  formula of having friendly relations with the neighbouring countries, she stressed. “ That is the key”.

Mehbooba Mufti also assured that J&K is where it is , and it will stay where  it is, so no doubts should be entertained  otherwise, but the fact is that this humanitarian issue of Kashmir has to be addressed .

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