#Day54: NC’s Masoodi Demands Joint Indo-Pak Parliamentary Delegation To Kashmir



Expressing serious concern and anguish over continuous killings, blinding and maiming of civilians and huge loss of property in nocturnal raids at the hands of forces, J&K National Conference member Yawar Masoodi Wednesday demanded a joint all-party parliamentary delegation from India and Pakistan to visit both sides of Kashmir.

Masoodi unsuccessfully contested 2014 assembly elections from Pampore assembly segment.

Masoodi said, “as parliament members from India and Pakistan visit, meet and hold consultations jointly in New Delhi and Islamabad on all issues concerning the two countries, including the conflict in Kashmir, there is no reason not to allow them to jointly visit Kashmir, on both the sides of Line of Control.”

“Numerous conferences and dialogues are held all over the world capitals in which the parliamentarians from India and Pakistan participate and deliberate upon the conflict resolution process and confidence building measures by their respective countries,” he said in a statement issued early this afternoon.

The statement said that Yawar wants the joint all party delegation of parliamentarians from India and Pakistan to establish a permanent “Working Group of Indo-Pak parliamentarians on Kashmir” which will continuously be in consultation with the people on both sides of Line of Control and will work with the government of India and Pakistan on taking various confidence building measures across erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and for a lasting solution of the dispute.

He impressed upon the governments of India and Pakistan to allow the elected representatives of the legislatures, from all five regions of Kashmir (Valley, Jammu, Ladakh, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit) on both sides of LoC, to travel freely across LOC, as it would be an important confidence building measure and a significant step in bringing together people of erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir and final settlement of the dispute.

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