PDP thanks Delhi for announcing Ramadan Ceasefire



Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday thanked the Government of India for accepting party’s demand for the ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramadan and termed the decision a big relief for the people of Kashmir who have been bearing the brunt of hostilities and violence for decades.

In a party statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Mansoor  Hussain Soharwardhy said the central government decision to have ceasefire during the sacred month of Ramadan in Kashmir should be ceased as a vital opportunity by the people who have been yearning for peace and reconciliation for long.

He added that by taking such a bold and worth to hail decision, the Government of India has not only regarded the plea made by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti but has also upheld the sanctity and sacredness of the month of Ramadan which every year comes with the universal message of peace, harmony, and brotherhood.

The PDP General Secretary said it is high time for Pakistan and other stakeholders to take a stand the ceasefire announced by the central government could prove to be a confidence-building measure, leading to a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process that has the capacity to take Jammu and Kashmir out of the vicious cycle of mayhem, bloodshed, and uncertainty.  “By virtue of such an important decision, the political groups irrespective of their ideologies and stands can come together and play a constructive role in saving precious lives from getting lost in oblivion. There is a dire need for all the political groups to get Kashmir out of the crises and exhibit assiduousness towards the younger generation of the state. This is the time when we can show to the world that we care for our people and want them to live in peace and tranquillity with dignity and honour,” Mansoor said.

He said that it has to be understood that the guns have never resolved any issue across the globe and that it is the dialogue by virtue of which the disputes world over have been addressed and amicably resolved.  Mansoor said that the Pakistan must respond positively to such a decision and should reciprocate with a positive approach so that peace that has so been remained elusive between the two countries could become a living reality.

The PDP General Secretary also took a dig at the opposition national conference, stating that the party which has the history of betrayals and backstabbing the people at crucial junctures, stands once again exposed before the masses all across. “The party exhibited reluctance in open for the ceasefire and didn’t even want to become part of the All Party Delegation for the purpose. This has shown the duplicity it possesses and nourishes with utmost sadistic mindset. This has once again made the notion saunter that the national conference doesn’t want any safeguard of the precious lives and is hell-bent to keep the pot boiling and reap the political benefits out of the strife torn situation,” Mansoor said.

He also expressed hope that the announcement will act as a milestone in the political process and the measures of reconciliation and dialogue will follow. Mansoor said that the time has come when one can look forward to witness the felicity of peace in the region and witness the younger generation striving to build the state afresh instead of treading on the path of destruction and chaos.

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