Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has always been the “worst victim” of Indo-Pak hostility and the key to stability in the state is possible only in a space of “amity” between the two nations, Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said Saturday.
“Security and stability in Jammu and Kashmir is possible only in a space provided by amity, friendship and cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan.
“Manifestation of hostility by the two countries either through rhetoric or through action has neither helped in the past nor is such antagonistic approach going to do any good to the region in future,” Sayeed said during his election rallies in Sonawari and Pattan assembly segments of Baramulla Parliamentary constituency in north Kashmir, which is going to polls on May 7.
The PDP patron said the people of the state want resolution of the problems as well as yearn for a life that is normal in a universal sense.
“Unfortunately Jammu and Kashmir has always been the worst victim of Indo-Pak hostility and its people have been paying a colossal price for the same. Innocent killings and repeated disturbances point to existence of a problem in Kashmir which cannot be wished away,” he said.
The former chief minister said while the people in the state want their political and human rights to be upheld with dignity and honour, they also seek protection of their socio-economic rights in an environment of peace and stability.
Lashing out at the ruling National Conference (NC) in the state, Sayeed alleged that instead of addressing the just concerns of the people, it (NC) has contributed to the “worsening” of the situation through “misgovernance and denial of justice”.
“Their only concern has been to silence the public sentiment through brute force to somehow cling to power. Not having learnt any lessons from the tragedies of 2010 unrest, NC continues to pursue the policy of repression and high-handedness to suppress the public outrage,” he alleged.
He said PDP would continue to work hand-in-hand with the progressive and democratic forces in the country to facilitate dignified resolution of the state’s problems.
Sayeed asked PDP cadres to prepare for a significant role ahead as the winds of change “have already set in across the state”.
“The overwhelming public support to PDP’s agenda for peace and prosperity is obvious from the voting pattern in south and central Kashmir in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and it is going to consolidate further in North Kashmir,” he said.