'Initiate concrete and visible steps to revive peace process'
People's Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to initiate concrete and visible steps to revive the peace process for final resolution of the Kashmir issue.india Updated: May 18, 2010 18:57 IST
People's Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to initiate concrete and visible steps to revive the peace process for final resolution of the Kashmir issue.
In a meeting between the two leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday, Mufti discussed the prevailing political situation in the state during and called for addressing the external and internal dimensions of the problem for an early resolution.
Mufti reiterated his view that the dialogue process with Pakistan should be insulated against any sabotage by hawks and enemies of peace on either side, because the hostile atmosphere between two countries directly affects Jammu and Kashmir's socio-economic development.
He pointed out that Kashmiris were being suspected in rest of the country because of the uncertainty that has gripped the state and asked him to ensure that the innocent Kashmiri youth held in various parts of country on unspecified charges and without evidence are released immediately to convey a message of goodwill to the people of the state.
On the internal dimension of the dialogue, Mufti stressed the need to resume talks with all the stakeholders in the state especially with separatists.
Mufti said, "the continued imprisonment of prominent separatist leaders impeded progress on the internal front and these leaders need to be set free for an honest and sincere effort to find a solution through a dialogue."
Mufti also conveyed to the Prime Minister his concern on unabated human rights violations in the state, which resulted in avoidable loss of life, comfort and dignity of the people. He said that government should initiate the process of revoking AFSPA and start withdrawing its application from the areas, which are free of militant threat so that people have a feel of the true democratic character of the system, which has unfortunately been lacking in the state.
Mufti also discussed with the Prime Minister the issue of the return of powerhouses like Salaal, Dulhasti and Uri to Jammu and Kashmir, so that state could overcome its financial problems on a permanent basis.
He said, "The unemployment problem in the state would become only more acute unless the state's water and power resources are restored to it and the terms with NHPC renegotiated," adding "The state does not need doles that compromise its self respect and dignity but assistance to grow into a self reliant economic entity, utilising its resources that have been denied to it."
First Published: May 18, 2010 18:54 IST