Srinagar: Without specifying as to who were the stakeholders, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for taking all the stakeholders on board as part of a politically-inclusive agenda to address the problems confronting Jammu and Kashmir. She also called for reviving the dialogue process with Pakistan.
“The country’s political leadership shall have to take on board all the stakeholders and pursue an agenda which is politically inclusive and developmentally intensive to address the challenges confronting Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba said while speaking at the all-party meeting convened here to discuss the prevailing situation in the state.
She said the government would act as facilitator for resolving the problems. “A new course for Jammu and Kashmir can be chalked out only by reaching out to all the stakeholders, including the youth, who have to pay a huge price because of the uncertainties plaguing the state for the past more than six decades,” she said.
“The voices of people of J&K shall have to be heard and tangible confidence-building measures taken to address the alienation,” she said.
The CM said that a beginning can be made by implementing the recommendations of the five working groups constituted by former prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2006. These recommendations are reiterated in the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of Alliance’.
Mehbooba said the recommendations of these working groups comprehensively deal with almost all the aspects of the problems confronting Jammu and Kashmir, such as Centre-State relations, strengthening relations across LoC, Confidence Building Measures across segments of society in J&K, Economic Development of Jammu and Kashmir, and ensuring Good Governance.
“However, the people from all shades of political opinion shall have to evolve a consensus in the interest of peace and stability,” Mehbooba said, adding that “the time has come.”
Expressing anguish over the loss of precious lives and injuries, the chief minister said that violence had consumed nearly an entire young generation. She said that society cannot afford to lose more youth now. “The need, therefore, is not only to safeguard the precious lives of the youth but to create increasing opportunities for them to develop their personality and their functional capability and make them economically productive and socially useful,” she said.
“I strongly believe that the youth of Jammu & Kashmir have the right to seek meaningful employment, freedom of expression, participation in decision-making that affects their lives, and protection from socio-economic and political exploitation,” she said.
Mehbooba regretted the non-participation of the opposition National Conference in the meeting. “I had spoken to NC working president Omar Abdullah myself last evening and requested him to attend the meeting,” she said.