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By Our Staff Reporter
At a press conference here, Mr. Malik said in his New-year message he had sent to the two he had urged them to take a sympathetic view of the Kashmir problem and save the people of the State from the strife.
``I believe that both of you have firmly grasped the pressing need to initiate a peace process on Kashmir and have voiced statesmen-like wisdom on this,'' he said, adding ``while there are extremists on all sides that may oppose such a bold move on your part, I urge both of you to seize this opportunity to now translate your visionary words into visionary deeds''.
Emphasising the participation of the Kashmiris in any negotiation process, he said, ``No solution on Kashmir will be lasting unless it is legitimate in the eyes of [the] people of Kashmir''. He said, ``It is my firm belief that the principle of the inclusion of the people of Kashmir is the missing ingredient for a complete vision for a workable peace process''. He urged both the leaders to ``evolve a new mechanism for involving Kashmiris in the peace process''.
Mr. Malik reminded both the leaders of their statements in which they committed themselves to find a peaceful and durable solution. ``Mr. Vajpayee, I would like to recall your reflection from Kumarakom on January 2, 2001 in which you firmly committed yourself to finding a durable solution,'' he said.
In the message to Gen. Musharraf, he said, ``I deeply appreciate the statesmanship evident in your bold calling for a wise peace process which would yield a win-win solution acceptable to India, Pakistan and Kashmiris.'' The JKLF chairman, who has been leading a signature campaign in the Valley since June 11, said, ``Eight lakhs people have signed and sought peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue''.
The Hurriyat Conference (Abbas), in a statement, has urged the militant groups to announce a ceasefire to make the peace process a success.
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