Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehboba Mufti on Wednesday termed the safeguard of state’s special position as party’s topmost priority, stating that PDP while being part of the government in the state didn’t compromise on its core ideology.
“Every person in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is aware of the fact that the PDP since its very inception has been pitching for dialogue and reconciliation for the resolution of Kashmir and stood in the forefront for protecting Article 370 from any assault,” Mehbooba said while addressing people at Poonch.
She further reiterated that ahead of forming the coalition government with the BJP after 2014 polls, PDP signed the agenda of alliance in which it took it in writing from the BJP that Article 370 and state’s unique position will not be fiddled with and dialogue with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat shall be initiated by the Government of India. “Even when PDP was the part of the government, it didn’t allow any tinkering with the state’s special status and engaged country’s top lawyers to defend 35-A at the Supreme Court,” PDP chief said.
“Everyone is free to observe that the standing party had while being part of the coalition was the same as it is today. We will always pitch for dialogue and reconciliation and want India and Pakistan to come on the table to resolve Kashmir,”Mehbooba said, adding the state is in dire need of a political solution.