Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to renew Kashmir resolution process.
“I hope that armed with a clear mandate the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre would revive the peace and resolution process not only within Kashmir but with Pakistan as well to ensure durable peace and stability in the South Asian region,” said Sayeed during interaction with party members in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
“I am optimistic that the new government at the Centre will pick up and carry forward the resolution process both on internal and external fronts which was pioneered by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003 and taken onward by Dr Manmohan Singh,” he said.
The PDP patron said he hoped the new government, under the leadership of Modi, will take tangible measures, by involving all the stakeholders, to address the causes of alienation and trust-deficit in Kashmir.
“I hope Modi will work towards finding a long-lasting solution to the problem plaguing the region for the past more than six decades.”
He also called upon the country’s political leadership, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “to make a renewed beginning towards the resolution of Kashmir issue by engaging with all the stakeholders both on internal and external fronts.”
“We are at the crossroads of a historic moment for change and it’s for the emancipated people of the state to decide which party has the courage and the commitment to address their political and economic concerns resolutely,” he said.
He said while PDP would continue to act as a facilitator for resolving the Kashmir issue and the issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir, the party would carry forward its agenda of political resolution, economic development, good governance, justice and merit, foundations for which it had laid in its first brief tenure in 2002.
“We hope people would judge us on our performance during our brief stint in the government, in opposition and on the basis of our political, economic and developmental agenda and give us a clear mandate in the assembly elections,” he said.
He said the upcoming assembly elections will be historically transformational “as they are being contested in a situation marked by extraordinary political permutations”.
He said the challenge lies in converting these polls into a momentous opportunity for not only bringing about inclusive socio-economic development across the state but reviving the resolution and reconciliation process for the permanent settlement of the Kashmir issue.
Sayeed said the plethora of problems faced by the state today have to be taken head-on. “The PDP would need a decisive mandate to be able to address them and take them up with the national leadership,” he added.
He said the results of the Lok Sabha polls have made it amply clear that the people of the state have come together with their powerful voice and have expressed their will unambiguously.
“They have affirmed our course. They have told us to move forward,” he said.
Terming the NC-Congress coalition regime as the darkest era of governance in the state, Sayeed said, “J&K has been pushed into a virtual morass during the past six years due to administrative ineptitude and lack of political understanding.”
“There is chaos and anarchy all around with every section of the society having suffered immensely during the past six years of misgovernance,” he said.
The party patron said the party not only revived people’s trust in the democratic institutions but set an example of honesty and transparency in the governance system while facilitating Kashmir resolution process both on internal and external fronts.