Stating the ‘peace march’ had no connection with the forthcoming assembly polls, Mehbooba Mufti the President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the peace rally was taken out representing the aspirations and emotions of people and the march had not political reason behind it.
Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Mehbooba Mufti said that the recent rally held at Srinagar was the contribution of its workers and supporters and that people of the state have never been supportive of the war between India and Pakistan. “We had the agenda of peace in the recent rally; people have emotional bonding with our party’s agenda.”
Clarifying that the recent PDP peace rally was not intended to display party strength, Mehbooba accused that from 1947 to 1999, Kashmir was turned into the ‘warzone’ and now people want to express their desire for peace. “People here were readied in the past to raise slogans for the war but our party pacified the situation on ground and facilitated both the countries to open routes on the both the sides of Line of Control.”
Mehbooba further stated that the party was compelled to react at the situation wherein the statements of war were issued by the politicians. “We had to react due to the rising tensions at LOC and had to reveal to both the countries (India and Pakistan) that the people here have never been supportive of the war like situation.”
Commenting over the participation of people in the ‘peace march’, Mehbooba said that the youth of the valley are feeling ‘insecure’ and ‘suffocated’ due to the rising ‘corruption’ and ‘mis governance’. “People are joining our hands due to party’s agenda and the situation during our regime bears witness of our contributions to the state.”
Mehbooba further stated that the party activists spent money from pocket to make the rally a ‘success. She further claimed that the party workers spent from their pocket for the banners and placards. “We owe thanks to them, they are our real power and strength.”