Says didn’t get time to start with agenda of alliance; Modi’s initiatives got ‘negativity’ response from Pakistan
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said she and her government was not looking out for a temporary truce but would focus on building an environment where such turbulences never visit the people again.
Addressing party’s senior members including party ministers, members of parliament, legislators and coordinators here, the embattled leader also expressed “pain at the loss of precious human lives during the current unrest in Kashmir.”
As per a statement issued here, she said the “hostile atmosphere” around the state will one day have to wield a place to “reason and reconciliation.”
While as the PDP-BJP government has almost completed year and half in the government, Mehbooba claimed that the ruling parities did get time to start implementing ‘Agenda of the Alliance`, the “sacred document’ claimed to be cornerstone of their alliance in the state.
“Unfortunately we did not get any time to even start the implementation of Agenda of Alliance and some elements who thought that PDP is serious about the promises it made to the people, started making attempts from day one to create hurdles and ultimately found an encounter as the trigger to exploit the sentiments,” she said even as she claimed that PDP and its alliance partner BJP were committed to the implementation of the `Agenda of the Alliance`. “A congenial atmosphere needs to be created within and around the State for its effective implementation.”
Mehbooba said that initiatives by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi were “unfortunately” responded to with negativity and even hostility by Islamabad.
“But I am confident that the way forward for everybody is through acceptance of ground realities and offering relief, hope and dignity to the people which could ultimately lead to permanent reconciliation, peace and resolution in the region,” she said.
Mehbooba said PDP was founded in the immediate aftermath of Kargil war and claimed it was the party that first raised the banner of good relations between the two countries. “Our party will never compromise on the need for peace as it is our state and its people who are the main victim of hostilities in the region,” she said.
Asking the party ministers to increase accessibility and interaction with the people, Ms Mehbooba said the current trouble should lead them to work with more zeal for the welfare of the people and revive the cadres of the party to act as emissaries of peace and development.
Speaking on the occasion senior party leader and Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh said the Chief Minister, Mehbooba was facing unprecedented challenges.
“We have full confidence in the abilities and leadership of Mehbooba Ji that she will lead the people out of this morass and quagmire. And I appeal every stakeholder to strengthen the hands of the Chief Minister so that a workable solution to our issues is realized,” he said.