Mufti asks PM to initiate dialogue on Kashmir
2 November 2000
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Former Union Home Minister and president Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohd Sayeed has impressed upon Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee to initiate dialogue on Kashmir in an ''effort to stop the further bloodshed''. Speaking at a one day convention of the PDP workers at Pahalgam in Kashmir, Mufti Sayeed appealed to the Centre to ''create conducive atmosphere'' in the State so that the meaningful dialogue will be held with all concerned. The former Home Minister alleged that the ruling National Conference leaders have developed vested interests in the militancy ''and were as such thwarting the efforts to create congenial atmosphere for finding solution to Kashmir problem.'' Asserting that his party was the first that believed that dialogue was the only solution to Kashmir problem, Mufti Sayeed reaffirmed that that gun was no solution to any problem. Referring to the developmental activities of the State, the PDP chief alleged that despite the fact that the Centre had provided funds in abundance, yet the same were spent by the State Government on ''unproductive'' projects, which have no public utility. He referred the construction of the Golf Course near Chashma Shahi and Gandola at Gulmarg which he said were of no help to the common masses. Among others who spoke on the occasion, included Ghulam Hassan Mir, Gh Nabi Mir Lasjan, Bilal Lodhi, G Q Pardesi, Mohd Sultan Panditpuri, Haji Noor Mohammand and Gulzar Ahmad.