Youth Representing J&K’s Three Regions Call on Mehbooba



Some of the youth representatives who met PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday at her Fairview residence.
Some of the youth representatives who met PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday at her Fairview residence.

Although there are no indications of any government formation in sight, nevertheless Fairview over-looking Dal Lake at Gupkar is abuzz. This time, over 30 youth who represented three regions of Jammu and Kashmir spent over an hour with PDP chief.

The youth, who mainly consisted of students, discussed the multi-cultural and diverse ethos of the state. “Mehbooba Ji listened to the views of the youth leaders,” sources privy to the meeting said, “it was a healthy discussion when youth expressed their views as how to strengthen the plural identity of the state.”

Sources said that the youth leaders asserted that the thousands of years old “secular fabric of state needs to be safeguarded”. “It was a meeting symbolizing the age old communal harmony, co-existence of J&K as the youth included members from every religion be it Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist,” they informed.

Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti

“We have a history of over 5000 years of rich history when J&K’s diverse populace lived a life of co-existence,” Mehbooba told the youth representatives. “We need to safeguard it and youth have the major role in it and propagate the communal harmony of state.”

Appealing youth to take part in development of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba told the meeting, “we have a huge and precious human capital and it is our responsibility to utilise it judiciously.”

The youth leaders, the insiders said, maintained, “there is an urgent need of dialogue between/amongst different sections of society.” “Dialogue and deliberations help in weeding out differences and help in making progress.”

Recalling her father’s vision of peace and empowerment of people of all three regions, Mehbooba said, “PDP stands for restoring pride in youth. You are the most talented and stand different in a lot. We shall take every step to give you best avenues for your overall development.” “You are our future assets,” she told them, “it is now the youth who have take J&K out of the quagmire it is in.”

One of the participants said that the hour long meeting saw PDP youth wing president, Waheed Ur Rehman Para, deliberating on the “educational and economic developmental agenda” of PDP. “He discussed as how youth can be involved in developmental and peace process in Jammu and Kashmir.”

The PDP insiders said that last time around late Mufti Sayeed was “too much concerned for the youth of J&K”. “He wanted to do something different for them,” they informed, “keeping this in mind, Mehbooba Ji is too much involved in such activities to prove the dream of her father.”


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