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India Needs To Maintain 'Friendly Relations' With Pakistan, Says Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed speaks during an election campaign rally on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Several separatist organizations have jointly appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott the Indian parliamentary elections. Nationwide voting began April 7 and runs through May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of Parliament to be announced four days later. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

RAJOURI -- Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday asserted that if India wants to grow and become a 'superpower' in the future, then it was crucial to maintain 'friendly relations' with Pakistan.

"For Jammu and Kashmir and India, it is important to maintain good relations with Pakistan. The breakthrough that Atal Behari Vajpayee had in 1999 must be worked upon," Sayeed told the media here.

Stressing on the need for a good relation with Pakistan, Saeed added that if India wanted to become a superpower, it was fundamental that the broken bridges between the two hostile neighbours be mended.

However, Pakistan troops in a fresh ceasefire violation on Monday killed two army jawans at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

The army troopers, who were attacked with 36 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), were killed when Pakistan Rangers targeted forward posts at Tarbal in Gurez sector.

The ceasefire violation comes five days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Jammu and Kashmir on November 7.

A crackdown has been ordered on the Separatist leaders in the valley ahead of the Prime Minister's visit.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who continues to be under house detention since he returned from New Delhi this April, has announced a 'Million March' on November 7 the same day when Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address a rally in Srinagar.

All prominent separatist leaders, including JKLF chief Yasin Malik, senior Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have been either detained or put under house arrest.

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