PDP’s first priority people, not power: Mufti

KL Report

BARAMULLA

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday said that PDP is not contesting Parliamentary polls for making alliances for power, but for securing and safeguarding J&K’s interests.

“Our sole objective is to seek, at a bigger platform, the resolution of critical political and economic problems confronting J&K,” he said.

Addressing election rallies in Handwara and Tangmarg assembly segments of Baramulla Parliamentary constituency, Sayeed said PDP’s goal is to ensure inclusive political and economic empowerment of the people of J&K in a positively evolving Indo-Pak arrangement. He said the killing of an innocent youth at Nawakadal, Srinagar in forces firing is a grim reminder of the tragedies and miseries that Kashmir is undergoing for the past more than two decades now.

“We have to use all our means to end this trail of death and destruction for the sake of our future generations,” he said. Mufti said most of the problems J&K is facing today are because of NC’s lust for power as the party has always used people’s mandate to seek employment for its leaders.  “Using the people’s mandate to seek power instead of working to uphold the aspirations and sentiments of Kashmiris, NC leadership has served a big blow not just to its own credibility but to the people’s faith as well,” he added.

Mufti alleged having miserably failed on the governance front, NC leaders, in their ongoing poll campaign, instead of talking about the real issues confronting J&K and its people, are harping on some obscure and extraneous matters.

“That’s why people in south and central Kashmir have already rejected this party, and it’s now for the voters of north Kashmir to take the ongoing movement for change to its logical conclusion,” he said.

Mufti said if PDP is today leading the political movement for change in J&K, it is because of the fact that the party has earned credibility among the masses by not only articulating their aspirations in a responsive and responsible manner, but delivering on the development front as well. Sayeed said after 2002 elections PDP came forward to espouse the cause of dignified and peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue at a time when there was all-round despair.

“The people of the State at that time suffered from a feeling of deep hopelessness, strong alienation, cynical aloofness and complete lack of faith in the democratic political process,” he said and added that being in touch with the ground realities PDP, at that crucial juncture, came forward to articulate the aspirations of the people in a responsive and responsible manner.”

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