October 2004 News

We wish Pak to prosper: Mufti

6 October 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Asking people to judge his party on the basis of its performance during the past two years of its Government, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Patron and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that his stand on issues including Kashmir has remained consistent irrespective of being in or out of power. He said the sense of security among the people and the pace of development witnessed across the State are the main achievements of his Government besides the process of reconciliation and dialogue facilitated by it. Mufti Sayeed was addressing a series of public meetings during his day long tour of the Batmaloo constituency. Among others, he was accompanied by Party’s nominee for the constituency Tariq Hamid Qarrah and Party leader Manjit Singh. En route, Mufti Sayeed addressed people at Bakhshi Pora, Tenga Pora, Takenwari Pora, Barthana, Shalteng, Maloora, Khoja Bagh, Chak Mujgund, Mujgund, Lawaypora, Gund Hassibhat, Aban Shah and Khushi Pora villages. People in large numbers came to greet Mufti Sayeed and women received him amidst traditional Kashmiri Wanwun. Mufti Sayeed said the pledges made by the PDP before assuming power included 'return of peace with dignity,' resumption of dialogue to address both internal and external dimension of Kashmir issue and starting a new phase of progress and development in the nook and corner of the State. The tangible progress made on each one of these, he added, is clearly before the people of the State. He said the people are the best judges to assess the performance of his party. Rejecting the politics of negativism and sloganeering, Mufti Sayeed said that his party believes in fulfilling the promises and not breaking them. 'We never changed our stand', he said adding that the PDP advocated dialogue on Kashmir before coming to power and vociferously pursued this line even after forming the Government. 'The turnaround in relations between the India and Pakistan is a reflection of the soundness of the policy of my party', he remarked. The Chief Minister said that due to the persistent efforts of his Government and the party an atmosphere of reconciliation was created in the State in which return of peace with dignity became possible. He said the sense of security among the people was re-established. He complimented the people for bringing a positive change in the situation adding that the change in their mindset was mainly responsible for this. He said the efforts of the Government supplemented the process of change. He said a new phase of bilateral relations between India and Pakistan has dawned in the sub-continent which is reducing distances and strengthening bonds of friendship. He specifically mentioned the ongoing visit of the Pakistani journalists to Jammu and Kashmir and said that it would lead to better understanding among people on either side. Describing Pakistan as a close neighbour whom he wanted to prosper, Mufti Sayeed said that his party has always advocated good and friendly relations with that country. He said he was not among those rulers who when in power would demand bombing of the neighbouring country and crying for its destruction. Time has proved those people wrong and vindicated our stand, he said adding that friendship and peace was in the interest of both India and Pakistan. He said it also serves the people of Jammu and Kashmir the best who have been victim of the long acrimony between the two countries. Referring to the steps taken by his Government to address the problems of the people, Mufti Sayeed said that these measures have minimised the sufferings and agony of people. Expressing himself strongly against using force to quell opposition, the Mufti said that his Government does not believe in keeping people in jails. He said while the former Government put Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Ashraf Sehrayee and Sheikh Abdul Aziz behind the bars, his Government not only set them free but also arranged special treatment for Geelani at Mumbai. He said his Government believes in democracy and resolution of problems through dialogue and discourse. The Chief Minister said that his Government provided a clean, transparent and accountable administration in Jammu and Kashmir. Making a special reference of Batamaloo constituency, Mufti Sayeed said that it was ignored by the previous Government despite the electorate returning the candidate of the then ruling party. He said no attention was paid on the development of the constituency. Against this, he said his Government would make Batamaloo a model constituency. In response to the problems highlighted by the people at today’s public meetings, the Chief Minister said he would leave no stone unturned to mitigate these. He specifically referred to the problems regarding drinking water, irrigation, power and roads and said due attention would be paid to solve these. He highlighted the need for playgrounds for the youth. Making an appeal to the electorate of the constituency to vote for the PDP candidate, Tariq Hamid Qarra, Mufti Sayeed said that he would ably represent them in the assembly. The public meetings were also addressed by Tariq Hamid Qarra, S. Manjit Singh, Peer Mohammad Hussain and Sheikh Abdur Rehman who sought votes for the party candidate on the basis of the achievements of the PDP.

 

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