Mufti Seeks Decisive Mandate , Welcomes Former MLC into PDP

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Srinagar – Stressing upon the importance of a decisive mandate in the coming elections, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said a clear verdict in favour of his party could open avenues for a democratic resolution of the problem of Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing a function here today he said PDP would strive to carry all stake holders along in a bid to shape an initiative from the state of Jammu & Kashmir that could lead to an amicable and workable settlement.

The function was organized to welcome former legislator Mohammad Rashid Qureshi from Mendhar into the party fold. Qureshi a former member of state legislative council and a noted lawyer who was a prominent leader of the NC joined the party along with dozens of his supporters who had come all the way from Mendhar. Party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, local leaders from Mendhar Waseem Ahmad Khan , Nadeem Khan and Nazir Ahmad Qureshi were also present on this occasion.
Mufti said the problems of Jammu & Kashmir could be resolved only through democratic methods and it was necessary for the people of all the regions irrespective of caste and creed to come on a single credible platform to push forward the case for justice and restoration of rights. He said PDP never aimed at “power for the sake of power” or establishing a monopoly on people’s representation. “I have always been practising an inclusive politics and we have provided adequate evidence of that during the previous PDP- Congress coalition”, Mufti said.

“The peace process initiated in 2003 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee could sustain and make some progress only because the sentiment had initiated from the state to which Vajpayee responded positively and was later carried on by the UPA government” added Mufti.
Referring to the initial progress made in the peace process Mufti said the small movement forward made in resolution after 2002 was unprecedented and there was a need to build on those initiatives..

Mufti said said for any state’s ability to access the funds of government of India it is essential to create capacities for spreading resources purposefully. “We had done that and convinced government of India and international lending agencies like the Asian Development Bank about our capability to utilize money for the welfare of people and building up of infrastructure”, Mufti said and added this had resulted in such initiatives as the funding by Asian Development Bank. He said he could not have achieved much on development front in absence of an administration that is efficient and is dedicated to public welfare and this was matched by government of India which went out of its way to sanction thousands of crores under Prime Minister’s economic package and other initiatives like reforms in the power sector and improving road connectivity.
Mufti said the construction of Mughal road and establishment of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri were developments of historic nature.

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