JAMMU: Praising Prime Minister Narinder Modi for going to Pakistan, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti today went hammer and tongs on Congress and NC accusing both the parties of making militant commanders and secessionists out of people like Sayed Salahuddin and Yasin Malik who once wanted to be part of Indian democracy.
“Mufti sahib used to say that unlike rest of India where one, whether a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Sikh, or a person belonging to Scheduled Caste or Backward Classes can make or unmake Indira Gandhi Prime Minister on the basis of one’s vote, this power has got accumulated at one place in Jammu and Kashmir where only one party comes to power every time,’’ she said addressing an impressive gathering of PDP workers at Vijaypur in district Samba here to launch of the party’s membership drive in the district.
Mehbooba said that to provide people of the state an alternate to National Conference, his father late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed gave his life strengthening Congress in the Valley, but the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah joined hands restarted a reign of “loot-khasoot’’ (corruption). And during 1987 elections, when they felt that a third party is emerging as an alternative to them, they started telling Delhi that it was pro-Pakistan and pro-terrorist. “Aise thoda chalta hai’’ (Things do not move like this), the PDP leader said.
She asked that how one can be a Pakistani when one expresses belief in Indian Constitution and swears by it to enter the Legislative Assembly. “But they felt threat to their chair and as a result, the one who was contesting elections at that time and could have become a legislator, he is today a commander in Pakistan and from there he is issuing instructions to his people to strike here and there in Kashmir,’’ she pointed out.
“The second is Yasin Malik and the third one whosoever is, they are all those people who wanted to become part of our country’s democracy, but they were not allowed by National Conference and the Congress,’’ she added. It was the only reason that Mufti Sayeed was compelled to form PDP so as to provide an alternative to people of the state, she said, adding that there had been peace in the state and along the borders and development works initiated when he formed government in alliance with Congress in 2002.
However, when Congress took over reins of power from him, it did not carry forward the initiatives taken by him and as a result, situation again started deteriorating, she said, adding that it was Mufti Sahib’s dream to ensure peace and prosperity in the state. She said that effective development and good governance is possible only in an environment of peace and stability which necessitates decisive confidence building measures to be taken by the political leadership in New Delhi.
“While people living along the borders in Jammu region suffer and live under the constant threat of cross-border shelling, the people in Kashmir valley are suffering because of the continued internal strife and recurrent violence,” she said and added that peace along the borders in Jammu region and within the mainland in Kashmir is key to development and progress.
“There was not only peace along the borders from Kathua to Kargil, during that golden era, but the situation in Kashmir valley had also started turning for good after witnessing a long gloomy era of death and destruction,” she said and added that unfortunately due to the reversal of the peace and reconciliation process after 2008, uncertainty has again returned to haunt the people of the State.
“We shall have to ponder over the emerging situation in the State and go deep into the reasons for mounting alienation especially among the educated youth,” Mehbooba said and added that concrete measures shall have to be taken to address the causes of alienation and cynicism and at the same time revive the process of intra-state and inter-state reconciliation, which was the dream of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
“Mufti Sahab wanted to take the peace and resolution process started between 2002 and 2005 to its logical conclusion,” she said. Mehbooba said the Kashmir issue should not be seen through the security prism alone and the country needs to invest in J&K’s peace and own and acknowledge the pain and sufferings of its people.
“The ordinary people of India need to participate in hand holding with Kashmiris to give them a sense of belonging,” she added and added that when we talk of Jammu and Kashmir being an integral part of India, we need to go beyond the ownership of land. “People of Jammu and Kashmir should not be given to feel that their dignity is being undermined,” she said. Mehbooba said addressing genuine political, economic and security concerns of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is an issue which goes beyond power politics and requires a decisive political will at various levels.
“We shall have to take decisive confidence building measures to end the gloomy scenario of despair and alienation the state has been once again pushed into,” she said and added that the most daring challenge for PDP is to be with the people and show solidarity with them and the party is committed to its resolve of working for peace, stability and development of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba urged the party cadres to reach out to the people with the PDP’s agenda of peace and development and carry the membership drive to every nook and corner of the State. PDP General Secretary Ved Mahajan, Chief Spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beg, Legislators, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, Vikramaditya Singh and Aijaz Ahmad Mir, PDP Youth Wing President, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, Dr Harmesh Salathia, Sunnay Sangral, Jatinder Bhat, Abdul Rashid Malik, Mohammad Salim, Digvijay Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Anita Devi, Pawandev Singh, Choudhary Hassan Ali Wafa, Parveen Kattar, Sunil Bhat, Attaullah Simnani, Sukhvinder Singh, Bachan Singh, Vijay Kumar, Satpal Charak, Yudhishter Singh, and Shashi Pal also addressed the convention.