Mufti asks Centre to accelerate peace process with Pakistan


Kishtwar/Jammu, May 24 (Scoop News) –   Patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called upon the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to accelerate the reconciliation process with Pakistan to establish sustainable peace in the sub-continent.  He hoped that the on-going process of dialogue between two neighbouring countries be taken to the logical conclusion by solving all bilateral issues including Kashmir.

Addressing an impressive public meeting at Kishtwar town here today, Mr Sayeed referred towards positive development in Pakistan and said that that situation in the neighbouring country has changed because the political establishment of Pakistan was giving encouraging response to the dialogue and reconciliation process. “It is an appropriate opportunity to speed up the reconciliation process”, he maintained while mentioning towards the Secretary level talks between two countries.

Reiterating resolve of his party to make Kashmir as a bridge between India and Pakistan for strengthening relations between two countries, he said that PDP has already played historical role in normalizing relations between India and Pakistan. He observed that opening of cross LoC routes was the biggest ever Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between countries and credit for this CBM goes to the PDP.

While referring towards the report of three Interlocutors which was made public today, PDP patron said that Interlocutors appointed by the Union Government have also emphasized on further facilitating cross LoC trade and travel.  It was all due to the efforts of PDP that routes for cross LoC trade and travel was opened.

Blaming successive National Conference regimes for creating trust deficit between people of Jammu and Kashmir and people of the rest of the country, he said that his party would remove this trust deficit. “We will not only remove trust deficit between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country but also take some concrete steps to strengthen relations between residents of different regions of the state”, he said, adding, “PDP through its policies would remove the walls of hatred”.

Expressing his concern over mounting problems of the common masses due to the mis-governance of the present dispensation, he said that the Omar Abdullah led regime has failed to carry forward the agenda of development which was initiated by the previous PDP led regime. He regretted that various developmental works, which was started during PDP led regime, were still incomplete.

Pointing towards poor road connectivity in Kishtwar district, he demanded that work on Singthan-Kishtwar road should be expedited and work on Vailoo tunnel be completed at the earliest. He said that completion of Singthan-Kishtwar road would open new avenues for this backward and neglected belt of the state. He said that due to poor road connectivity, accidents have become a routine affair in this belt. He exhorted the people to agitate for their demand of better road connectivity and other basic amenities like health, education etc.

PDP patron regretted that national flagship progammes like Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) were not properly implemented in this belt which has poor road connectivity. Most of the projects sanctioned under PMGSY were incomplete due

to nexus between contractors and influential persons.

He reminded the gathering that previous PDP led regime had formulated various developmental projects for the backward and neglected areas but the present government has failed to complete those projects. He listed various projects implemented and sanctioned for Kishtwar district by the previous coalition.

He mentioned that previous PDP led regime had upgraded and opened a large number of schools in backward areas but the present regime has failed to streamline functioning of these institutions.

Responding to the demands raised by the locals, PDP patron assured that his party would formulate a vision document especially for erstwhile Doda district to address all issues pertaining to the residents of Chenab Valley. “With the consultation of the civil society of Chenab Valley PDP would formulate the comprehensive vision document”, he assured and asked the party leaders to start the process to formulate the document.

General secretary Thakur Balbir Singh, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain MLA Shangus, Sayeed Asgar Ali, MLC, Vijay Dogra, Mohinder Kotwal, Sayeed Muzaffar Hussain, Shakir Sadiquie, Sheikh Abdul Latif, Farooq Ahmed, Suresh Sharma, Munshi Ram, G M Rahi, Wasil Dolwal, Umar Malik, Rayaz Ahmed Zarger, Joginder Mahajan, Necodomas, Master Mugal, Ghasu Ram, Ghulam Hyder Malik, Abdul Rashid Magray, Javed Shahib, Jagdish Raj, Sajid, Wasim, Shadhi Lal, Khalid Ganai, Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh and others also addressed the meeting.  

In the public meeting a large number of people joined PDP. Prominent among those who joined PDP  included Madan Lal Sharma, Javed Ahmed Hooda, Shadi Lal, Yahoor Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed Kotwal, Mohammad Amin, Roshan Lal Sharma, Zulfikar Ahmed

Rather, Bansi Lal Bhagat, Master Nehal Chand, Ashok Sen, Advocate Kuldeep, Makhan Lal Sharma, Bablu, Jagdish Raj, Bashir Ahmed Sheikh, Mohan Lal, Ramesh Kumar and Shabir Ahmed.