Kashmir Won’t Go Anywhere From India: Mufti

Kashmir Won’t Go Anywhere From India: Mufti

31 July 2013
Rising Kashmir


Jammu: Stating that his party would create national consensus on the roadmap for Kashmir resolution, opposition PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Wednesday that Kashmir will not go anywhere from India as it is the part and parcel of country. “Kashmir will not be the reason of conflict between India and Pakistan. Instead we will work as a bridge to facilitate peace between two neighbours,” Mufti Mohammed said while addressing a function organised in connection with the foundation day of the party here today. He said Kashmir will not go anywhere from India as it is the part and parcel of country. Mufti said PDP will try to solve the decade old Kashmir issue by involving all stakeholders including India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had taken initiatives and even after Atal, Advani had also tried to hold talks with Pakistan on Kashmir issue”. “We will take our agenda to the all parts of the country to convince the countermen to accept PDP’s practical roadmap for restoring lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir. PDP’s roadmap was the viable, credible and pragmatic solution for addressing internal and external dimensions of Kashmir problem,” he said. Reminding people that PDP’s peace and reconciliatory policies were appreciated and endorsed by the successive governments at New Delhi, Mufti said, “PDP has shown in the past that it can facilitate the resolution process with prudence, and it is ready to shoulder the responsibility of taking the process to its logical conclusion”. “In 2002 we had only 16 members but still we had pursued the peace process with determination and commitment and established peace in this region. It was all due to the credibility of the PDP that previous NDA regime headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee and present UPA government led by Dr Manmohan Singh had whole heartedly supported whatever initiatives taken by us for restoring peace in this region”, he said while recalling the historic rally of the then Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee at Srinagar on April 18, 2003 when he had extended hands of friendship towards Pakistan at the time when tension was running high on borders. “Whatever steps we had suggested for restoration of peace were incorporated in the CMP. PDP through its visionary policies even changed mindset of BJP leaders. The then Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani had hold dialogue with Hurriyat Conference leaders during our regime”, he recalled. Mufti said while power is no consideration for PDP, but governance is a serious issue. “PDP led coalition regime had set an example of good governance by establishing accountability and transparency in the system. PDP-Congress coalition regime had revived peoples' faith in the democratic institutions. Removing regional imbalance and creating atm