Stressing on the need of maintaining spirit of the ceasefire all along the Line of Control (LoC) at any cost, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed emphasized that political leadership of India and Pakistan must step in to arrest the escalating tension on the borders. He said that peace on the borders was in the interest of the people Jammu and Kashmir because they bear brunt of the hostility between the two countries.
Mufti expressed his concern over unpleasant events on the LoC recently and emphasized on the need of taking some concerted steps to avoid reoccurrence of such unfortunate incidents in future. He said that the ceasefire, which was announced on the border by the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in the year 2003, had brought positives changes lives of the common people in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The ceasefire all along the border from Kathua to Kargil had proved to be an very important event not only for the two countries but also for the people in all the regions of Jammu & Kashmir”, he said in a statement, adding “For the people of Jammu & Kashmir the ceasefire has brought peace in their lives so I am hopeful the leadership of two would realize the importance of maintaining the spirit of the ceasefire”. He said that leadership of India and Pakistan must act with political wisdom and do not allow the hawkish rhetoric to spoil the gains of the peace process and the ceasefire.
“The ceasefire had brought relief and normalcy into the lives of people residing in the border areas,” Mufti said and added that at the same time it also made historic initiatives like opening up of LoC for bus service and cross LoC trade possible.
Mufti reminded people in Uri that opening of Uri-Muzaffarabad road was result of the ceasefire on the LoC. He reminded the gathering which was taken out by PDP on April 7, 2004 in which some of the party activists had sacrificed their lives for peace.
“I appealed Prime Minister of India and political leadership of Pakistan to adopt realistic and purposeful policy to establish lasting and sustainable peace in this region’, he said.
PDP patron reiterated that aim of his party was not grab power but to restore dignity and honour of the people. “My only desire to make Jammu and Kashmir an Island of Peace and to establish lasting peace in this sub-continent”, he said, adding “Since its formation PDP has been working to create an atmosphere of reconciliation and to restore a sense of security and fearlessness among the people”.
Mufti was in Uri to address a function and welcome Sayeed Najeeb Naqvi, a senior Youth Congress who has joined PDP. Naqvi remained PRO of Congress Minister Taj Mohi ud Din for more than 15 years. Naqvi said that he has decided to join PDP due to policies and programs of the party.