PDP changed the political discourse with only 16 seats: Mufti


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Terming Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) road-map as a key to address political and socio-economic aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, patron of PDP Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saturday, said that the tested and competent leadership of his party has capability to change destiny of the common masses by implementing revolutionary policies and programmes.

 Addressing a public meeting at Islamabad in connection with the foundation day function of the party,  Mufti said that with the strength of just 16 MLAs in 2002, PDP had changed political discourse of the State and restored dignity and honour of the people Jammu and Kashmir.

“It was result of our convictions that successive governments at New Delhi had supported whenever steps we had taken during our tenure”, he said and reminded that the previous NDA regime headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee and present UPA government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh had endorsed PDP’s view point on Kashmir.  He further said that his party has pioneered a political and economic agenda to establish sustainable peace in the subcontinent and to fulfill wishes and aspirations of all regions and sub-regions of the State.

“Our party, through its pro-peace policies, had consolidated reconciliation process and facilitated the efforts of establishing lasting peace in this region”, Mufti said. He mentioned that PDP had entered into alliance with Congress by formulating a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) in which wishes of all people were incorporated and pro-peace agenda was given first priority. He said that unlike other parties, PDP has never compromised with its agenda for enjoying power. Quoting CMP which was formulated after PDP-Congress coalition government in the State in 2002, Mufti said that almost all objectives of PDP including release of all political prisoners, disbanding of notorious Special Task Force, initiating unconditional dialogue with all sections of the society, restore dignity and honour of people etc were incorporated in the CMP.

“After getting power, we released all political prisoners and disbanded the notorious Special Task Force (STF) to restore confidence among the masses”, he said and added that the promises made with the people were fulfilled by the PDP.


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