Indo-Pak Affairs

Mufti for free movement of students across LoC

RAJOURI: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has called for opening the Line of Control for the movement of students particularly the doors of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Rajouri for the students from across Azad Kashmir. “Having come up as a unique institution of plurality with students and staff from diverse regions and different practices, BGSBU must now widen the space of intellectual interaction by bringing in students from other part of the Kashmir,” he said.

Addressing students and staff of BGSBU here, Mr Sayeed said the Universities are not only the seats of learning but places of dialogue as well. “Universities are the crux of intellectual activity and a platform for exchange of ideas,” he said and added that by bringing in students and staff from all the regions and religions, BGSBU has set the process of intellectual interaction in motion in serene environs of Rajouri. He said second step for the University must now be to get students from across the LoC to widen scope of this interaction.

The PDP leader said interaction and dialogue is the best way to resolve not only the intra and inter-state but inter-faith conflicts as well. “And I think Jammu & Kashmir needs such platforms and such interactions the most to groom an interactive community of youth,” he said and added that through such processes these institutions could emanate fresh waves of peace and amity, not only within the State but throughout the region. He said given its location and calm environs, BGSBU could mark the beginning for this much-needed dialogue process.

Mr Mufti said by continuing to create imaginary barriers in free movement of people and goods despite re-opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot roads, the two countries are only adding to the cynicism and consternation of the State’s people.

“I hope with the stabilization of political situation in Pakistan, there would be speedy movement forward on allowing free movement of people and goods through all traditional cross-LoC routes in Jammu & Kashmir,” he said and added that peace has now become a permanent feature along the borders and not only is the Indo-Pak ceasefire along the borders holding successfully for the past four years, but it was heartening to note that during the recent by-elections in Poonch, 18 polling booths were set up along the LoC after a gap of around 15 years. “Not only the polling went peacefully on all these booths, but as per reports people from other side of the LoC also witnessed the polling,” he said and added that this goodwill must now be consolidated to pave the way for permanent peace in the State and the region.-SANA

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