September 22, 2020
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'There Is Still Hope'

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'There Is Still Hope'
In order to find ways to put an end to cross border terrorism and to evolve a way out to various other vexing issues between India and Pakistan, our Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee held talks with the President of Pakistan, General Musharraf at the Agra Summit. The General Council of DMK warmly appreciates our Hon. Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his peace initiatives and right decisions in this regard.

Both India and Pakistan with their backs to each other came with a open mind to the negotiation table. There is nothing wrong in holding a summit aiming at peace but it is not right to look for a sudden change in Pakistan's attitude and approach. The fault lies in the misplaced expectations but not in the holding of talks.

As for the issues that were vexing us all for more than 50 years now, we cannot expect a sound solution all within a day. Leaders of both the nations have expressed their determination to improve the lot of the people of their respective countries.

The Agra Summit helped us to identify several other pending issues other than Kashmir and threw open an opportunity. We have highlighted the point that creating internal disturbances in India will not be in the interest of both the countries. We must look back to analyse and identify the advantages that had accrued due to the holding of Agra Summit.

After so many years, we saw a Pakistani leader paying floral tributes at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. The economic development in the lives of the people of both the countries have to be ensured. As far as our Prime Minister Shri Vajpayee is concerned, he strongly believed in building friendly relations between both India and Pakistan. It may be true that an accord might not have been reached at the summit. There is still hope as it has been accepted that talks would continue.

I would like to reiterate that Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India. It is the duty of all of us to uphold the same.

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