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US pressure boosted J&K peace process:NC

September 26, 2005 19:00 IST

Jammu and Kashmir's opposition party National Conference said on Monday that the ongoing Indo-Pak peace process took a 'serious turn' only due to American pressure and, that too, after 9/11.

The peace process between India and Pakistan gained momentum after September 11 and talks between the neighbours took a 'serious turn' only due to American pressure, which was also instrumental in Israel's flexibility towards West Asia, party spokesman Sheikh Nazeer Ahmed said in a statement in Srinagar.

Pakistan also made a 'sea change' in its traditional stand to build closer relations with India, he said, alleging that the state government was unnecessarily claiming credit for the changes.

Refusing to give any credit to the ruling People's Democratic Party-Congress coalition in the state for the new impetus in the ongoing peace process, Ahmed said the present regime had nothing to do with the peace process between India and Pakistan.

The opposition party also demanded a white paper on the achievements of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led coalition government.

"The Mufti government should not link the change in the political situation in the region with its abject administrative performance and it must issue a white paper highlighting its achievements, so that people of the state can know the facts better," he said.

He said the coalition government should focus on fulfilling its electoral promises made to the people of the state. "Mufti should avoid laying foundation stones for projects, which have either been already completed or were under execution," he said.

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