Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday cautioned the ruling National Conference (NC) against “pushing” Kashmir again into a “quagmire of death and destruction for petty political gains”.
“Jammu and Kashmir could perhaps land up in a bigger trouble this time if NC is allowed to subvert the democratic institutions and processes, the way it did in 1987 in the run up to the worst-ever political turmoil the state faced for the past more than two decades.
“But with the support of the people, PDP would fight every such move of the NC tooth and nail that is aimed at robbing the state’s people of their democratic rights,” Sayeed said at election meetings in Zadibal and Kangan assembly segments of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
The PDP patron said NC’s presence on the political landscape of the state has now become a “permanent threat” to the state’s peace and stability as the party has developed “vested interest” in violence and bloodshed.
“The massive effort that had gone into creating a new atmosphere of peace, reconciliation and resolution in and around the state seems at a real risk of going waste due to the violent machinations of NC. In the absence of a sustained political and administrative effort, Kashmir is unfortunately sliding back into the vortex of violence perpetuated by NC,” he said.
The former chief minister said despite all their “violent machinations”, NC leaders failed to suppress the people’s yearning for change in south Kashmir in the Lok Sabha polls held yesterday.
“It is now for the voters of Srinagar to carry forward this movement for change in the interest of peace and economic prosperity,” he said.