Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saturday said security and stability in Jammu & Kashmir is possible only in a space provided by amity, friendship and cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan. “Manifestation of hostility by the two countries either through rhetoric or through action has neither helped in the past nor is such antagonistic approach going to do any good to the region in future,” Mufti said while addressing election rallies in Sonawari and Pattan assembly segments of Baramulla Parliamentary constituency.
Mufti said unfortunately J&K has always been the worst victim of Indo-Pak hostility and its people have been paying a colossal price for the same. “Innocent killings and repeated disturbances point to existence of a problem in Kashmir which can’t be wished away,” he said and added that the people of J&K not only want resolution of the problem but they also yearn for a life that is normal in universal sense. He said while the people in J&K want their political and human rights to be upheld with dignity and honor, they at the same time seek protection of their socio-economic rights in an environment of peace and stability.
Mufti said instead of addressing the just concerns of the people, National Conference has contributed to the worsening of the situation through misgovernance and denial of justice. “Their only concern has been to silence the public sentiment through brute force to somehow cling to power,” he said and added that not having learnt any lessons from the tragedies of 2010 unrest, NC continues to pursue the policy of repression and high-handedness to suppress the public outrage. Reiterating that PDP would continue to work hand-in-hand with the progressive and democratic forces in the country to facilitate dignified resolution of JK’s problems, Mufti asked PDP cadres to prepare for a significant role ahead as the winds of change have already set in across J&K. “The overwhelming public support to PDP’s agenda for peace and prosperity is obvious from the voting pattern in south and central Kashmir in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and it is going to consolidate further in North Kashmir,” he said and assured that PDP would continue with its endeavour to work for the larger political and economic welfare of J&K and its people.