People's Democratic Party patron and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday advocated party's self-rule agenda to address the Kashmir issue.
Emphasising the need to address internal dimension of the Kashmir issue to establish lasting peace in the state and to accelerate the process of development in all regions and sub-regions, Mufti said, "Self-rule -- the vision document has potential of addressing both the external and internal dimensions of the Kashmir problem."
"The self-rule proposal was a road map to make institutional arrangements for empowering region and sub-regions of the state," Mufti said while addressing a function organised to felicitate Kuljeet Singh, who joined the PDP.
The PDP patron said the document aims at creating regional federalism to fulfil wishes and aspirations of all regions and sub-regions of the state and termed self-rule as a practical solution to address both external and internal dimensions of Kashmir problem.
"This proposal aimed at empowering people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions without any discrimination," he said and asserted that PDP was committed to provide justice to all regions and sub-regions.
"During our tenure, we had treated all regions equally and decentralised powers at grassroots level by political and economically empowering them," he added.
Reiterating his resolve to remove regional disparities, the former chief minister said his government had set an example of equitable and balanced development in Jammu and Kashmir.