Asif Ali Zardari lost one rupee bet with Omar
New Delhi, April 08 (INP): Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said Pakistan President Asif
Ali Zardari owes him one rupee because he had bet that the Pakistani leader won't be able to visit Jammu and Kashmir on his India
Speaking in a lighter vein on a news channel, Abdullah recalled how during his visit to Pakistan in 2006 he had taken a bet of one rupee
with Zardari that he won't able to visit Kashmir. "He has not and he owes me one rupee."
Abdullah said the visit of any Pakistani leader to
Jammu and Kashmir was "long overdue".
Asked if he wanted Zardari to visit Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister replied: "Certainly. It is long
overdue. I would also like to visit Mirpur and Muzaffarabad (in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir)."
On the 40-minute meeting between Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Zardari during the Pakistan President's private trip to India, the Chief Minister said he "was not expecting too much in the
He said he wanted dialogue process to continue between the two countries.
"Nothing to be disappointed (about the Zardari
trip). We wanted a continuous engagement. It is perhaps a possibility where in we can meet and talk...," he said.
Omar said, "Jammu and
Kashmir is an important issue between the two countries that has festered for very long".
"But this time we have not heard jingoism from
Pakistan that Kashmir first and everything else later."
Asked about Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Pakistan, Omar said the visit is
"overdue" but anti-India terror should stop originating from that country.
"They will have to find time (for the visit). It won't make
appealing visuals when the PM lands in Islamabad and Hafiz Saeed (Lashkar-e-Toiba founder) addressing an anti-India rally in Pakistan."
also urged the two nations to replace the barter system of trade along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with other financial terms or letter
of credits as a new mechanism for commerce between the people of the territory divided between India and Pakistan.