JK News Today
Jammu, November 11
People Democratic Party President, and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today yet again justified her party’s alliance with ideologically poles apart BJP as in the “ interests of the whole state,” while asserting that her party stood for “dialogue and discourse and not war mongering.”
Addressing a meeting of party’s District and Zonal president’s of Jammu province here today, Mehbooba Mufti said the situation of past few months in the State and the consequent acrimonious relations between India-Pakistan demand that the political philosophy and vision of the late leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed about Jammu & Kashmir and Indo-Pak relations is forthwith implemented and executed. That is to open all channels of dialogue between Srinagar- Delhi and Delhi and Islamabad.
She was referring to the current situation in Kashmir where the over four-month long unrest had shattered many a dreams and snatched normalcy from the lives of the people, and border skirmishes that had piled up miseries on the border residents.
“ This was a sad situation,” she said and added, “ the only path available to all of us is to go in for reconciliation by resolving all issues through meaningful dialogue.”
Terming the formation of PDP as a boon for the people of the State, Mehbooba Mufti said the objective with late Mufti sahib then was to provide J&K people a platform from where they could express themselves freely. She said democracy in J&K couldn’t flourish earlier as people did not have such a platform, which resulted in countless miseries to them. She said late Mufti sahib considered this as his big achievement and would often say that alternatives in democracy result into an accountable political system.
She said Mufti Sayeed took “a very difficult but bold decision to join hands with BJP for forming a government only to serve the best interests of Jammu and Kashmir and pursue his agenda of dialogue and development which could not be pursued after he had left office in 2005. “He could have formed Government otherwise also but chose a difficult path for himself just to ease the State’s people of their difficulties”, she added.