Open Rawalpindi Road To Banish Hatred: Mehbooba
10 August 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: The People's Democratic Party President, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed optimism that barriers of hatred between India and Pakistan would vanish soon and the people of two neighbouring countries would come close together. She favoured opening of Rawal Pindi road adding that this would help to strengthen the psychological and social bonds between the people of two neighbouring countries. Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Jahama in Baramulla district today, Ms Mehbooba said that resolution of bilateral issues through negotiations between India and Pakistan would be in tune with changing International scenario adding that world opinion is totally against confrontation, violence and hatred. She said PDP's agenda of dialogue for restoration of lasting peace with dignity has evoked a positive response across the entire political spectrum of the country and at global level and reaffirmed that the agenda would be persued vehemently according to the urges and aspirations of the people. She said Jammu and Kashmir would act as a bridge for improving relations between India and Pakistan. Promising to provide a responsive and accountable governance to the people, Ms Mehbooba vowed to weed out unscrupulous elements from the administration. She also criticized National Conference government for misusing public money and encouraging nepotism and corruption. She said without caring for the sentiments of the people, they raised hue and cry against PDP led coalition government for disbanding task force and releasing innocents languishing in various jails. She said with the streneous efforts of the present government, the tourism activities got a fillip this year and the state has received investment proposals worth Rs. 1000 crore from big business houses of the country. She advised the unemployed youth to opt for self employment ventures for dignified livelihood adding that coalition government would never allow back door appointments. She assured the people that 3 km road from National highway to Jahama would be repaired as early as possible. She also promised to reconstruct the dilapidated bridge and announced opening of ration depot besides construction of a playground in the village. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Agriculture and Cooperative, Abdul Aziz Zargar, advised the disgruntled youth to shun the path of violence and join mainstream to contribute in re-construction of the turmoil ravaged state. He said people have voted for a positive change for development of a sound society and their mandate would be a translated into practical. Listing some achievements of the coalition government, Zargar said that first time in the history of State, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took the bold step to abolish tool tax on export of fruits. He said fruit growers would get a relief of Rs. 50 crore worth toll tax by this decision. Similarly government would procure Low-Grade apple from the fruit growers under market intervention scheme. He called upon the unemployed youth to take up poultry cooperative units for which entrepreneurs would be provided 30 per cent subsidy on the soft loans. The district President, PDP, Baramulla Javed Ahmed Dar also spoke on the occasion.