Amidst the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, the Congress, in a statement which is likely to evoke controversy, has said that it wants talks with Pakistan and also batted for people to people contact between citizens of India and Pakistan.
Three months after the Pulwama attack, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has said India should encourage citizens of the country and Pakistan to travel to one another's nation. He also referred to the Pulwama terror attack which was carried by Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as an "aberration".
"We should encourage more people from India to travel to Pakistan and allow more people from Pakistan to come to India. Not only those people who require medical attention. Why did we suspend trade 2-3 days ago? If there are any aberrations then address that. We should try to resolve issues with Pakistan. Kartarpur is a good beginning but it is being stalled. Why can't we complete the task? There are ways in which we can make it clear to them to change their attitude towards us," he said.
Several politicians in the Opposition have espoused this view.
India suspended cross the Line of Control (LOC) trade with its neighbour Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
The action was taken upon the orders of the Home Ministry which received reports that the cross LoC trade routes were being used by the Pakistan based elements as channels to move illegal weapons, narcotics, fake currency and more.
The letter issued by the government of India, reminded that the LoC trade is meant to facilitate the exchange of goods of that would be of common use to the local populations across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The report further stated that trade is allowed through two Trade Facilitation Centres located at Salambad, Uri, District Baramulla and Chakkan-da-Bagh, District Poonch. The trade occurs four days a week and is based on Barter system and zero duty basis.