Surgical strikes, war with Pakistan out of place: Mufti

February 10th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Feb 10 (IANS) Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Tuesday said peace in the sub-continent and the resolution of the Kashmir issue should dominate the national debate rather than the war and confrontation rhetoric against Pakistan.

In a statement issued here, Sayeed expressed concern over statements about the possibility of surgical strikes and war with Pakistan as an option to fight terror in the region.

“The current parliamentary election campaign should not be used to score points about who is more hawkish in its tone and tenor.

“The competition should in fact be as to who is more forward-looking, peace-loving and development-oriented.”

The patron of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party said the unfortunate Mumbai attacks should not serve as a roadblock to the peace and reconciliation process.

Instead, he added, it should further strengthen our resolve to take the peace process ahead, in spite of the challenges.

“The suggestions of surgical strikes across the border or an outright war with Pakistan are obviously out of place,” he said.

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