Kashmir issue can be worked out through democratic means: Mufti
Asserting that viable solution to the Kashmir problem can only be found through democratic and political means involving engagement and dialogue, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said violence has only brought miseries to the valley and is not a means to seek resolution of problems.
Addressing a series of election rallies in Chrar-e-Sharief Assembly segment of Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Mr Sayeed made it clear that any solution to Kashmir issue would be focused around PDP's Self-Rule proposal which not only addresses the internal and external dimensions of the problem, but its political and economic aspects as well.
"PDP is sending it representatives to Parliament in pursuit of the larger goal of seeking dignified resolution of the problems of Jammu and Kashmir," he said, adding that the party will try to take all the national political parties on board in its pursuit for peace with dignity for the people of the state.
Mr Sayeed said whether in or outside the government, PDP has stood by the people of the state and never compromised on their interests. He said, right from its inception, the party has been advocating the cause of the people with unflinching consistency.
"The most daring challenge for the PDP, after winning the 2002 election, was to be with our people, show solidarity with them and give them the much-needed sense of security that someone was there to defend them," he said and added that after assuming power, PDP, unlike others, not only stuck to its pro-people agenda, but pursued the same to the hilt.
He said in post-2002 era, PDP had transformed the political discourse in Jammu and Kashmir by piloting successfully and with conviction the crucial issues concerning the state and its people.
"Unfortunately, the massive effort that had gone into creating a new atmosphere of peace, reconciliation and resolution in and around Jammu and Kashmir seems at the real risk of going waste due to NC's mis-governance and political manqeuvering," Mr Sayeed said.
Accusing NC-led government of dangerously fuelling alienation for petty political gains, Mr Sayeed said the present regime has not only reversed the process of peace and development initiated by PDP, but has started pushing the state back into a vortex of violence and rage which could have disastrous fallout.
Mr Sayeed said the present and future electoral battles in the state are about the contest between those who sacrificed state's interests for power and those who are making sacrifices for trying to safeguard Jammu and Kashmir's interests.
He said having given NC leaders almost 60 years, the people should now give a chance to PDP to realise the dream of a peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.
(Posted on 28-04-2014)