Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president, Mohammad Sartaj Madni, has expressed dismay over the repeated statements by BJP leaders discounting dialogue with Hurriyat leaders and Pakistan. He said the very idea of closing the doors of reconciliation and understanding on vital political issues “undermines the process of peace” which does not serve peoples interest.
“Several unwarranted postures have contributed to trust deficit and alienation leading to confrontation and acrimony at various levels,” Madni said in a statement issued in Srinagar on Wednesday. “How will unnecessary debate (on TV Channels) on most sensitive issues help the state?” he asked.
Referring to Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between PDP and BJP, he said that the agenda envisaged “hope and promise” to reach out to everyone including separatists and Pakistan. “No one can afford a volt-face on this”.
Madni said that former chief minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, with support from then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had “shown the way forward for peace and resolution” in Jammu and Kashmir between 2002 to 2005. “The situation then was marked by public appreciation, mutual cooperation and understanding. This led to a remarkable phase of development, political stability and peace in the state. The relations between India and Pakistan also marked a shift from animosity to bonhomie which provided further space to people to thrive upon,” Madni said in the statement.
“It was in this backdrop that PDP trusted BJP and the Union government. The peace and political process picked up well again when Prime Minister Narender Modi surprised everyone by visiting Pakistan. Unfortunately, some provocative incidents impeded this course. But it is this course that alone yields substance in resolving the issues”.
Madni said that atmosphere of confrontation will bring miseries to people and J&K will suffer the worst. He called upon the BJP leaders to draw a leaf from Vajpayee era and strengthen the process of mutual reconciliation and dialogue. He said history was replete with lessons that no one benefits from war and no one should be allowed to undermine the importance of dialogue, even in an atmosphere of provocations and mistrust.
The PDP vice-president hoped that India’s Prime Minister Narinder Modi would use “his massive mandate and influence to set in a discourse of peace afresh so that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is brought out from the present morass and people of the region are given a participatory role to prosper”.