Self-rule Will Neutralize Negatives Of Partition: Mehbooba
25 October 2009
South Asian News Agency
: Reiterating her party’s demand of opening borders for the socio-economic growth of the State, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti has said Self-Rule proposal would neutralize all the negative effects of partition. “Socio-economic growth of the State has been restricted after the partition due to plugging of all routes connecting Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the world,” she said while addressing a seminar on Self-Rule in Kargil. PDP chief said that Self-Rule document prepared by he party suggests opening of all traditional routes to make Jammu and Kashmir a trade-free zone as it will help in the socio-economic growth of the State. She further said opening of all routes would not only boost economy of this region but also facilitate reunification of divided families. She stressed on the need of opening of Kargil-Skardu route and said PDP had been working to restore sustainable peace in the sub-continent. She said that lasting peace would be established in this region only through Self-Rule proposal as the document was the realistic solution of vexed Kashmir problem. She exuded confidence that dialogue process between India and Pakistan would reach to its logical end and both the countries would arrived at a consensus for the amicable solution of this problem. PDP chief further said that Self-Rule document was the practical solution to address both external and internal dimensions of the Kashmir problem. “As regions and sub-regions are equal stakeholders in the peace and development of the State, the Self-Rule proposal of the party stands for economically and politically empowering all regions of the State,” she said and pointed out that every part of the State suffered due to the prevailing situation and aspirations of all regions and sub-regions have been incorporated in the party’s vision. She reminded the gathering it was only during the regime of Mufti Muhammad Sayed that regions and sub-regions were empowered with the devolution of decision-making powers for the equal development of all regions. Speaking in the seminar, Muzaffar Hussain Beig stressed on the need of virtual unification of both sides of Kashmir by making the borders irrelevant. “PDP in its Self-Rule has proposed constitution of a Council comprising members from both sides of Kashmir and representatives of New Delhi and Islamabad,” he said. He also stressed on the need of reconciliation of sovereign position of India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir. Beig pointed out those water agreements with New Delhi should be re-negotiated and Jammu and Kashmir should have first right on its water resources. He said that the State had been incurring huge losses due to discriminatory water agreements. During the seminar, members of civil society put number of questions before the PDP leaders.