While addressing her party workers in a public rally, the president of chief opposition party Mehbooba Mufti while making a strong case for peace between India and Pakistan, appealed the two counties to resume dialogue, resolve Kashmir issue and build mutual friendship in the larger interests of peace and stability in South Asia.
In an emphatic disapproval of war rhetoric “by some hawks in the country, in Pakistan and within Jammu and Kashmir,” the PDP Monday held a ‘Peace March’ in Srinagar. The party president, Mehbooba Mufti and former deputy chief minister, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, in an open jeep led it up to the historic Lal Chowk, where in the past many politically significant rallies have been held. Hundreds of people from across the valley gathered in the uptown Municipal Park raising slogans against war and calling for resolution of Kashmir problem. The rally then passed through the main thoroughfare of Srinagar and culminated in a public meeting at the Lal Chowk city centre.
Amid applauses and slogans in support of peace between India and Pakistan, Mehbooba said that no citizen of Jammu and Kashmir is ready for war as they want peace and resolution and good relations between the two countries. She said in the present times, when countries are coming closer to each other in the world to enhance bilateral co-operation, talking of war is totally illogical and anti people. Wars can’t solve issues and if peace has to prevail on the ground resolution of Kashmir issue was must. Mehbooba said the PDP wants Kashmir to become a bridge of understanding, cooperation and friendship between India and Pakistan and will put in every effort to get the estranged neighbours close to each other. Jammu and Kashmir should not become battle ground as it is this state that has suffered the most as a result of wars and our voices for peace can no more be ignored, said Mehbooba.
Speaking on the occasion, the senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that the bullets kill only Kashmiris whether fired from here or from the other side. “Those who talk of war between the estranged nations can’t be friends of Kashmiris. PDP during its brief tenure in the government created conducive environment in the state which guided India and Pakistan to come close to each other. He said from 1948 to 2003 the two countries were not able to enforce ceasefire on the borders but when Mufti took over as the chief minister of the state, ceasefire was implemented and there was no violation in it till 2010. But when National Conference took over there have been constant ceasefire violation. Biegh said that during PDP era India and Pakistan came closer to each other and people in the state started living with their heads high.”
Senior party leader Tariq Hameed Karra along with the party General Secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir conducted the proceedings of the rally. All the legislators, senior leaders, district and Zonal presidents and prominent workers from all over the valley participated in the rally enthusiastically.