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'New J&K assembly has the legal, moral power to resolve Kashmir issue'

PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that the newly elected Assembly was the 'most representative forum' and the most appropriate stage to work out resolution of the long pending Kashmir issue. Arun Joshi reports.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2009 16:13 IST
Arun Joshi

Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday said that the newly elected Assembly was the " most representative forum" and the most appropriate stage to work out resolution of the long pending Kashmir issue.

PDP is the second largest party in J&K Assembly with 21 seats, next to 27 of National Conference, and it has taken the centerstage in asking for the resolution of the Kashmir crisis.

This party has adopted all the slogans and contents of the separatist agenda to push the case for the resolution of the crisis through the power of ballot. It believes that the large participation of the people in the recently concluded Assembly elections has thrown a representative house and also offered a unique opportunity to solve the Kashmir problem once and for all.

Mufti Sayeed called for addressing the Kashmir issue with a fresh approach. "We have to set up a new discourse for Kashmir resolution in the changed scenario," he said. "A fresh approach is needed to address both the internal and external dimensions of the Kashmir issue with the current legislature playing a pro-active role in the resolution process," Sayeed said at a function held at the PDP headquarters here this morning.

The function was organized in connection with the joining of some prominent political figures from the Jammu region in PDP.

Mufti Sayeed said the present assembly is the most representative of all shades of opinion as it represents regions, communities and sub-regions. "All the members of the new assembly have a genuine mandate except perhaps those coming from areas where unfortunately people chose not to vote in good numbers," he said and added that the voice of this House cannot be ignored as it is having not just the legal and constitutional validity but moral authority as well to speak on behalf of the State and its people.

"While India and Pakistan will have to address the bilateral dimensions of the problem, the Government of India shall have to move fast on addressing the internal dimensions of the issue by reaching out to the people of Jammu & Kashmir with reconciliatory confidence building measures," Sayeed said. Sayeed said backed by a substantial public mandate, the present legislature with distinctive composition and genuine legitimacy shall have to pilot the Kashmir resolution process with moral authority.

"The present legislature will have a historic role to play in facilitating amicable and permanent settlement of the Kashmir issue to end the protracted instability in the State and the region," he said and added that the fast-changing equations in the region have necessitated the urgency of settling the Kashmir issue involving all the concerned parties in the resolution process with the State's elected representatives playing a fundamental role.