SRI NAGAR: Describing the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan as a “gigantic” step forward, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Saturday said there was a paradigm shift in New Delhi’s approach towards Islamabad.
He also welcomed separatists’ opposition to the implementation of the National Food Security Act in the state but asked them to come up with suggestions.
At a meeting of his party’s top brass, the PDP leader said India and Pakistan had shown great maturity to re-engage each other. “It has generated hope and expectation among the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have for long yearned for peace and stability in the region,” he said.
Sources said Mufti also welcomed separatists and political parties’ opposition to the implementation of the Centres’ food security law.
“It’s good that the Hurriyat Conference is discussing local issues. It will be beneficial for the state if Hurriyat raises the everyday issues. Hurriyat and Opposition parties should come forward with their suggestions about the food law. We welcome them,” he said. Leaders of both the moderate and hardline Hurriyat factions, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani, have demanded the food security law be rolled back from the state.