Mehbooba seeks ‘final push for change’

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday appealed people of north Kashmir to “give a final push to the movement for change set into motion by the people in south and central Kashmir.”
“As the people were yearning for ‘azadi’ from the devious politics of the National Conference, they used the democratic means to bring about the change in south and central Kashmir,” Mehbooba, according to a statement, said while addressing roadside meetings at Kupwara on the last leg of her campaign for the Baramulla parliamentary constituency.
Urging people of north Kashmir to vote and support, PDP candidate Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Mehbooba said Baig has “achieved a distinction for himself both in the public and professional life as a politician and lawyer and it is only because of his sheer talent, determination and maturity of thought he has proved to be an asset for the state of which we all should be proud of.”  She said his “achievements and contribution for the welfare of the state has been exemplary and his win is important, not only for the PDP but for the entire society, to make the nation understand about the sensibilities of the people and prevailing ground realities in Kashmir.”
She said it is a “high time Baig goes to the parliament at a time when the PDP has laid out a roadmap for engaging the public opinion in-and-outside   of the parliament throughout the country for taking the state out of the difficulties and its immense problems that has accumulated as a result of insecurity, uncertainty and economic backwardness of last nearly seven decades.”
“PDP is going to the national level not for power but to make the country clear that people of J&K would no longer take injustices and denial of rights,” she said and added that “we will make serious and sincere efforts to set a new institutionalized Kashmir policy at the national level to get it out the present quagmire and mess.”