KL Desk


Terming media-posturing a futile exercise that can prove counter productive, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called New Delhi to go for a serious dialogue to address internal dimension of Kashmir issue.

Addressing a party workers meeting at Chrar-e-Shareif in Budgam, Mufti said a structural dialogue with all stake holders was need of the hour and New Delhi should shun its policy of taking event based initiatives to address the grievances of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said there is no substitute to resolving the Kashmir issue that has dampened the immense economic potential of sub continent for decades and bruised the body and soul of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Talking to media on such an important issue can prove counterproductive. The government of India must address the internal dimension of Kashmir issue by putting together all stake holders on table,” he remarked.

Referring to the lead taken by Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2003 during his visit to Kashmir, Mufti said it had come against a grim and potentially disastrous scenario as the two nuclear armies were in combat position following the attack on the Parliament.

“Announcement made by Mr Vajpayee on April 18, 2003 at Srinagar was historic because he had extended hands of friendship towards Pakistan at that time,” Mufti said, adding  the process of dialogue should not become a zero sum game as a result of partisan political interest.

Mufti said the country has to respond to the pain and aspirations of the state in a positive manner and all sections of political opinion have to lend a helping hand in this endeavor.

Reiterating his party’s resolve to address internal dimension of the Kashmir problem, he reminded that it was during the PDP-Congress regime that some effective steps were taken for the empowerment to various regions and sub-regions. He told the gathering that Self-Rule proposal of the party was aimed to removing regional disparities.

“We had just 16 members in our kitty but we took pro-people revolutionary steps to provide justice to the all sections of the society”, he said and added that it was only during PDP led regime that governance consciousness was generated in the people of the State.


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