Mufti Srinagar, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Cautioning people that the very presence of National Conference on the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir has become a permanent threat to the state's peace and stability, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the ruling party has developed vested interest in violence and bloodshed.


Addressing a series of election meetings in Zadibal and Kangan Assembly segments of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency today, Mr Sayeed cautioned NC against pushing Kashmir into a quagmire of death and destruction for petty political gains.

'I am sure the emancipated voters of Srinagar won't allow NC to reenact the gory gambit of orchestrating reckless violence and using various devious means to ensure poll boycott, as it tried to do in South Kashmir,' the PDP patron said.

'Despite all their violent machinations, NC leaders failed to suppress the people's yearning for change in south Kashmir. It is now for the voters of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency to carry forward this movement for change in the interest of peace and economic prosperity,' he alleged.

'The massive effort that had gone into creating a new atmosphere of peace, reconciliation and resolution in and around Jammu and Kashmir seems at a real risk of going waste due to the violent machinations of NC,' he said, adding that in the absence of a sustained political and administrative effort, Kashmir is unfortunately sliding back into the vortex of violence perpetuated by NC&co.

Mr Sayeed said it is now absolutely clear that the miseries the people of the state have been undergoing for the past five decades are the outcome of the deceitful tactics resorted to by NC leaders in their lust for power.

He cautioned that Jammu and Kashmir could perhaps land up in a bigger trouble this time if NC is allowed to subvert the democratic institutions and processes, the way it did in 1987 in the run up to the worst ever political turmoil the State underwent for the past more than two decades.

'But with the support of the people, PDP would fight every such move of the NC tooth and nail that is aimed at robbing the State's people of their democratic rights,' he said.

'While the state as a whole has borne the brunt of NC's exploitative politics, Srinagar city has become the main victim of development deficit and misgovernance during the past 6 years,' he alleged.

'If this historic city is facing a massive development crisis today, it is all because of NC, which has not been able to take the development discourse in Srinagar beyond lanes and drains,' he said and added it's a shame to see that even a brief shower inundates the whole city, traffic jams make the life miserable and the socio-economic problems of the people are compounding with every passing day.

Mr Sayeed said unfortunately the massive developmental interventions like Rapid Transport System, drainage network, institutional upgradation, beautification and conservation programme for Dal Lake and other water bodies initiated by the PDP government between 2002 and 2005 were put on backburner by the present regime.

'Earlier Omar Abdullah used to apologise for his grandfather's fault of gifting Jammu and Kashmir to India, his father's baggage of implementing POTA, constituting Task Force, rigging elections, institutionalising corruption, banning Shahtoosh and recruitments, now he (Omar) has to rightfully add his own non-performance to the list of apologies,' he said.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)