No problems between Cong-PDP: Mehbooba

Mufti is optimistic that the relationship between the two parties will be bonded further, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 15:23 IST
Arun Joshi

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has told Congress President Sonia Gandhi that the alliance government of the two parties is "functioning smooth in J&K and voiced the optimism that the relationship between the two like-minded parties would solidify further in the future.

The Congress-PDP alliance government in J&K has recently been more in news because of fissures between the two rather than any sweet talk. The two parties have been using harsh words on the issue of self-rule, which PDP projects as the only mantra for Kashmir solution.

Congress leaders in the state decry it as a borrowed Pakistani idea being showcased as indigenous by PDP. But away in Delhi, it was talk of harmony and strengthening of relations between the two parties.

Talking to Hindustan Times over phone after her meeting with Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday, the PDP president said that it was a “ courtesy call before my Cairo visit.”

Mehbooba is one of the four Kashmiri leaders invited to an international conference on resolution of Middle East crisis to the Egyptian capital.

Apart from her, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone are taking part in the conference organised by a Sweeden based non-profit organisation 'Pugwash' on the theme:"A region in Transition: Peace and Reform in Middle-East". Leaders will attend the conference from all the conflict zones from across the globe.

Mehbooba said besides sharing her perspective on resolution of Israel-Palestine crisis - the subject on which she is to speak at Cairo - with Sonia Gandhi, she discussed the working of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I told her thatthere were no problems. The peoplewere working in the field and bothparties were cooperating with each other."

This was Mehbooba Mufti’s second meeting with Sonia Gandhi in the pastseven weeks.

Meanwhile, SajjadLone and Mirwaizhave alsoleft for Delhi. The two would be speaking on thesubject: Islam and West in the context of Israel-Palestine conflict.

"Our endeavour would beto tell the world that Islam stands for peace. Its image is being distortedin the west. There is need toput the things in right context," Mirwaiz said.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 15:23 IST