Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan was described by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a “right step in the right direction”.
The Chief Minister, while speaking to the press on Friday, added that the gesture by the PM would lay the foundations for a new relationship between the two nations. He also attributed the goodwill sign and the attempts to accept each other to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister and President of the National Conference(NC), reiterated to the new gesture between the two nations as a welcome sign. He said that the re-engagement with Pakistan is a good step and a very welcome development. “However, more than grand gestures, we need consistency”, Omar Abdullah added.
Yet there was a tongue in the cheek moment when senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said he was always in the favor of good relations between the two countries, but added the same should happen by resolving the Kashmir issue.
However, all were not in favor of the new arrangement. Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of the Pro-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has reacted cautiously to the development. Sources said that Modi had also visited the ancestral home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and held talks with him.