Senior Leader and PDP Chief Spokes-person, Dr. Mehboob Beg has expressed deep disappointment over the stand taken by the Congress over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan. “I am surprised by the reactions coming-in from various Congress leaders, they seem to be anguished about the step taken by the Prime Minister. Is it not true that the Congress has always vouched for good and healthy relations with Pakistan”, asked Dr. Beg. He further added that the Congress has always made attempts, although half-heartedly, for a healthy relation with Pakistan and now they seem to be indulging in what is commonly known as ‘Pakistan bashing’. Dr. Beg expressed surprise over the reactions of Congress leaders like Mani Shankar Aiyer claiming that it was surprising to see the Congress and its leaders behave irresponsibly and opposing the moves of the Prime Minister just for the heck of it. Dr. Beg said that there was no harm in holding talks in a third country and away from media glare as that the same showed serious intent and the Congress had even unnecessarily opposed the same as well. “Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has rightly pointed-out that good relations between India and Pakistan are essential not only for stability between the two Nations but would also augur immensely well for stability and progress in the whole region”, said Dr. Beg. He wondered if Congress differed with its earlier view that friendly ties between India and Pakistan were essential for progress in the region as well as for prosperity in Kashmir and asked them as to how progress can be achieved in absence of healthy relations between the two Nations. Dr. Beg welcomed Modi’s visit to Pakistan and termed it as a very good beginning and called-upon all parties to support such moves claiming that such measures called for a ‘National consensus’. Dr. Beg appealed to the Congress, terming it as a party that has played a vital role in Nation Building, to support such measures which would help build a stable and friendly relation between India and Pakistan.
2015 Kashmir Despatch