Mufti For Evolving Consensus To Solve K-problem

Mufti For Evolving Consensus To Solve K-problem

17 July 2012
Rising Kashmir


Inshan: Emphasizing on the need of evolving national consensus to solve the Kashmir problem, PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Tuesday said solution of this vexed problem was must for the economic growth, development and lasting peace in this region. “There is no other option but to adopt democratic means to get this problem solved and to address all other issues”, Mufti said while addressing a public meeting in remotest Inshan area in Kishtwar district this afternoon. Stating that dialogue was the only way to solve all problems peacefully, he said, “Political parties of the country including the ruling UPA and other opposition groups have to realize that solution of Kashmir problem is must for the lasting peace in this region. It was duty of all political parties to lend support to any fresh initiative to solve this problem”. He opined that internal dimension of the Kashmir problem would be solved by addressing aspirations of all regions and sub-regions of the state. “There was also a need for the parties across the political spectrum of the country to evolve a consensus on resolving internal dimension of Kashmir problem also.” Referring to historical steps taken by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003 during his visit to Kashmir, Mufti said it had come against a grim and potentially disastrous scenario as the two nuclear powers were in eyeball to eyeball position following the attack on the Parliament. “The announcements made by Vajpayee on April 18, 2003 at Srinagar was one of the bold steps because he had extended hands of friendship towards Pakistan at that time.” The PDP patron highlighted the historical role played by his party in restoring peace in this region. “Since its formation PDP has been advocating that dialogue is the only solution of all problem. PDP has pioneered and implemented the peace and reconciliation process which yielded encouraging results. Our party had convinced successive governments at Delhi to initiate some bold Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to restore lasting peace in this region”, he said and mentioned that opening of cross points on the Line of Control (LoC) and peace between India and Pakistan was outcome of the result of the reconciliatory policies of PDP. Expressing anguish over what he said lack of basic amenities in this belt, he regretted that developmental projects started during PDP led regime have been stalled. He pointed towards poor road connectivity in the area and regretted that aggressive developmental policies which were started in this belt in the year 2003 were not properly followed after formation of the present government headed by National Conference regime. He said that Wardwan, Deccan and Marwah were beautiful virgin areas which have huge tourism potential but the government has failed to tap the same. “Had the government properly exploited tourism potential of this belt, economic conditions of the residents of this belt have improved?”, he argued and informed the gathering that formation of Tourism Development Authority for Wardwan, Deccan and Marwah was on the agenda of PDP.