Srinagar: As president of People’s Democratic Party, not as the chief minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday “suggested” the resistance leadership and a few religious organisations to talk to the visiting delegation of parliamentarians from India on Sunday.
Mehbooba made the suggestion in a letter, the text of which was released by the PDP media cell, not the information department.
The ‘letter’ has been sent, according to PDP, to “(Syed Ali Geelani-led) Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, both Hurriyats, JKLF, National Front and “Jamaat-e-Islami including Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Hassan, Naeem Ahmad Khan and Amir Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadees, J&K and others”.
Most of these leaders are either in jail or under house arrest.
The PDP press release did not mention when the letter was sent out and how and who received it. But its text was issued to the media at about 7pm.
The visiting parliamentarians will, according to the information department, begin meeting delegations from 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday and 9am to 11.30am on Monday.
Following is the text of her letter:
All of us are deeply concerned, albeit in our own way, about the existing situation in the Valley. Notwithstanding the fact that you and I have different and divergent political ideologies, I have no doubt that all of us have the best interest of the people of J&K in mind.
True, our politics and programs are at variance with each other, but our concerns for our people and society in general, and the future of our youth in particular, should not be any different.
As such, I write to you in my capacity as the President of the J&K Peoples Democratic Party and request you to take the lead and engage with the All Party Delegation of Parliamentarians visiting the state tomorrow. This will be the start of a credible and meaningful political dialogue and resolution process to end the stalemate.
Cutting across party lines and political positions, the country’s political leadership has reached out and it is for us to collectively lend it credence and credibility.
All of us, be it the mainstream political parties or political groups with a separatist agenda, voice the urges and aspirations of our people, as we understand those, and seek a resolution of the problems as we see them from our own perspectives.
My party has always believed that the Hurriyat Conference is a stakeholder in the peace, resolution and prosperity of the state. Indeed, right in the beginning in our Party’s founding declaration we stood for dialogue with all stakeholders as the only way forward.
When we formed an alliance with the Congress Party, the cornerstone of our Common Minimum Program was dialogue with parties of all ideological hues. This was later followed by an unconditional dialogue, under the leadership of the then Prime Minster Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, with Deputy Prime Minster, Shri L K Advani.
In the manifesto of our Party for the last Parliamentary Election, it was clearly mentioned that PDP will seek the resolution of the issue taking Hurriyat Conference on board. The same was reiterated in the manifesto our assembly election.
Indeed, even in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’, which is the basis of our government formation with our alliance partners, the Bharatiya Janata Party, it has been made clear that the State Government will create conditions to facilitate resolution of all issues and will help initiate a sustained and meaningful dialogue with all the stakeholders, including all political groups in J&K irrespective of their ideological views and predilections to build a broad based consensus on resolution of all outstanding issues of J&K.
To convert our conviction and commitment of a peaceful and prosperous J&K into reality, it is important that you share your thoughts and beliefs with this distinguished group who represent the people of India and not only the Government of India.
I do hope that you will give this suggestion of mine a thought and indicate a time and place of your convenience for an exchange of ideas with the delegation.
Peoples Democratic Party