PDP Seeks Clarity On BJP Objectives

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Srinagar—A top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Wednesday said that the delay in implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ the party struck with the Bharatya Janata Party was killing as the region is back in the grip of vicious cycle of violence.

“Now when the crisis is again on hands, voices of solution are bound to become thick which everyone will welcome. But there has to be clarity, both on approach as well as on the objective”, said party Vice President, Mohammad Sartaj Madani in a statement here on Wednesday.

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He said resolution of Kashmir issue was an ‘article of faith with the party and forms core of the vision of its patron (late) Mufti Mohammad Sayed’.

Referring to flurry of recent statements, PDP leader said remarks made by the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and other important leaders in Union Government reflect that emerging reality.

He said that those who can feel pain of the people living in perpetual uncertainty and in an atmosphere of acrimony will acknowledge that resolution of the impending problem brooks no delay.

Madani said that Rajnath Singh’s statement that the Government was making efforts to resolve Kashmir issue at the earliest assumes significance and PDP which has forged alliance with BJP with a sincere desire to see the state wriggled out of agonizing instability, will see its objective accomplished if it happens sooner than later.

He said history is witness to the fact that PDP’s emergence as a political entity was necessitated by the urgency to give the suffering people the much needed relief and to set the stage for reconciliation and dialogue with all stake holders including Hurriyat and Pakistan.

“A new discourse started with “Goli Nahi Boli.” The idea was ridiculed by the cynics and adversaries. But the party was vindicated as the vision of Mufti Mohammad Syed stood the test of public scrutiny. The situation changed from dismay to hope and from darkness to light. The ‘Healing Touch’ policy and dialogue at internal and external levels gained credence. A spell of reconciliation from 2002 to 2005 between India and Pakistan as also the reach out at local level through concern and actual healing showed the way. Unfortunately, the process was scuttled at the peril o f the people.” 

Madani said now when the crisis is again on hands, voices of solution are bound to become thick which everyone will welcome. But there has to be clarity, both on approach as well as on the objective, like PDP did in past with a virtual consensus among the stake holders through healing touch and unambiguous understanding and urge to reach a resolution. 

“PDP is in alliance with BJP on a clear agenda of peace and dialogue on Kashmir agreed by both, as part of its agenda since beginning. The party will follow this with fidelity and against all odds, he asserted.” 

He said honesty demands that sufferings and helplessness of the people ends and their genuine aspirations are met. “This is not possible without sincere desire of gaining their trust and involving all stake holders in the process,” he added.

Madani said that ever since PDP’s alliance with BJP, the party has been seeking a new beginning on the known formula of Insaniyat, Jamhoriyat and Kashmiriyat of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“The agenda of alliance well reflects the belief and the motive. Delay in its implementation is killing as the region is back in vicious cycle of violence and poor Kashmiris are becoming its worst victims”.

He said Mufti Syed acted as Chief Minister relentlessly to see that people of the state are not subjected to humiliation, torture or coercion and his ‘Healing Touch’ policy brought the desired relief. Similarly , his policy of battle of ideas, facilitated by Vajpayee’s open and honest intentions involved people, political parties and Governments of India and Pakistan in a focused effort for mutual reconciliation.

“Who doesn’t know how borders had started becoming irrelevant and people lived in peace through open and honest implementation of his will by Vajpayee ji”. 

Madani asked adding People had reposed faith and facilitated the right moves as these were obviously for them and their good.

He said the very idea of PDP’s emergence and existence was and continues to be this, which we own with dignity. We have strong faith in our own struggle and logic of the party which hinges on reconciliation, re;life and dialogue, he added.


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