Indo-Pak peace key to stability in J&K: Mufti

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, BARAMULLA
  • Updated: May 03, 2014 19:40 IST

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Saturday said security and stability in the state was possible only in a space provided by amity, friendship and cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan.

"Manifestation of hostility by the two countries either through rhetoric or action has neither helped in the past nor is such antagonistic approach going to do any good to the region in future," Sayeed said while addressing election rallies in Sonawari and Pattan assembly segments of Baramulla parliamentary constituency.

Baramulla is going to polls on May 7.

Sayeed said the state had always been the worst victim of Indo-Pak hostility and its people had been paying a colossal price for the same. "Innocent killings and repeated disturbances point to existence of a problem in Kashmir which cannot be washed away," he said and added that the people of the state not only wanted resolution of the problem but also yearned for a life that was normal in universal sense.

"While people in the state want their political and human rights to be upheld with dignity and honour, they at the same time seek protection of their socio-economic rights in an environment of peace and stability," he said.

Sayeed said instead of addressing the just concerns of the people, National Conference had contributed to the worsening of the situation through misgovernance and denial of justice. "Their only concern has been to silence the public sentiment through brute force to somehow cling to power," he said and added that the NC had not learnt any lessons from the tragedies of 2010 unrest.

"The NC continues to pursue the policy of repression and high-handedness to suppress the public outrage," he said.

Reiterating that the PDP would continue to work hand-in-hand with the progressive and democratic forces in the country to facilitate dignified resolution of Jammu and Kashmir's problems, Sayeed asked the PDP cadres to prepare for a significant role ahead as the winds of change have already set in across the state. "The overwhelming public support to PDP's agenda for peace and prosperity is obvious from the voting pattern in south and central Kashmir in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections and it is going to consolidate further in North Kashmir," he said and assured that the PDP would continue with its endeavour to work for the larger political and economic welfare of the state and its people.

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