Sayeed peddles soft separatism

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Nov 21, 2014 16:58 IST

Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday peddled soft-separatism by raking up the Kashmir issue and seeking involvement of separatists in the dialogue process.

Addressing an election rally in chief minister Omar Abdullah’s Ganderbal constituency, 35 km away from Srinagar, Sayeed asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow “politically-inclusive and developmentally-intensive” agenda in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said his party, if elected, would pursue the agenda to resolve the Kashmir tangle with fresh resolve. “The party’s selfrule framework offers comprehensive solution to the political, economic, internal and external dimensions of the issue,” said Sayeed. PDP’s chief ministerial candidate, Sayeed also asked the Prime Minister to take measures “to address both the internal and external dimensions of the Kashmir issue”.

“Take onboard all the stakeholders, including the separatists,” Sayeed suggested to the prime minister.
The PDP created a space for itself by treading the path of soft separatism in 2002 and succeeded in squeezing the space occupied by separatists.

Once again playing the soft-separatism card, the former union home minister offered to “act as a facilitator for resolving the Kashmir issue”.“Our voice will be heard with respect and reason not only in New Delhi but all across the country and beyond if the PDP is given a clear mandate,” he added. It was Sayeed’s first rally in National Conference bastion Ganderbal.

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