Srinagar: The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said that the “unaccomplished” agenda of the BJP-PDP alliance was projected as New Delhi’s “insincerity” towards Kashmir and that fulfilling the already-made commitments was “imperative” for creating a conducive atmosphere for dialogue.
Communicating the party’s view on the interlocutor’s job in Kashmir, PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni told Sharma that the PDP had taken a “brave step in forging an alliance with BJP”. He said the alliance came about with the belief that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, like his party predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee, would “offer enough space for resolution of Kashmir imbroglio”.
Madni “hoped that the exercise undertaken will culminate into meaningful and tangible outcome, despite difficulties”. He reminded Sharma that Pakistan’s involvement will further facilitate the process to make it result-oriented.
Madni was heading the PDP delegation that met Sharma, a party statement said. “Madni reminded the interlocutor about the trust deficit which impedes any good initiative for peace and resolution. He desired that the center should do everything possible to gain the confidence of the people and stake-holders in order to sustain the process of dialogue till every stakeholder is willingly engaged,” said the statement.
The party leader, in his meeting, referred to the “initiatives taken by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003” and how the then Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, had “successfully changed the discourse in the state”.
“Exhorting the interlocutor to take a holistic view of the situation to end the impasse”, Madni told the interlocutor that the dialogue process should be seen “as a sincere and honest effort to address issues than a mere response to violence”.
The public perception in Kashmir, Madni said, was “of disbelief and cynicism”. He said the onus was on the Government of India “to allay apprehensions and attract political, social and religious groups of all hues for a mutually agreed common ground”. Madni, the statement said, told the interlocutor to reach out to “sufferers and youth through compassion and with an open mind”.