PDP welcomes Governor’s ‘offer for engagement’

PDP welcomes Governor’s ‘offer for engagement’

Taking dialogue process forward through GoI’s interlocutor most appreciable: Madni

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appreciated the state government’s resolve to take the initiative of dialogue through the institution of Government of India’s special representative to its logical conclusion, party vice president Mohammad Sartaj Madni said on Wednesday,
He said PDP welcomes Governor’s offer for engagement “as a sincere and concerted follow up” which he made in his address to joint session of legislators on Tuesday.
Madni said the process of dialogue is moving in the right direction and there is a visible progress in gaining the required trust needed for such initiatives. He said people from all walks of life have established communication with the interlocutor and feel satisfied on the grievance redressal mechanism.
“It is a clear indication that all stakeholders will make peace a common cause and allow the initiative to culminate into real hope and promise,” he said.
Madni said there is a clear focus on sustained peace and development and sensitivities borne out of history and related to conflict are being taken care of. “The policy decisions including Amnesty to stone-pelters, relief to sufferers including pelt vic-tims, job policy for youth, chief minister’s unique exercise of outreach and above all the regard for liberty and human rights helped to bring a discernible change in the attitudes of masses. A positive discourse on engagement has since begun,” he said.
PDP vice president said Governor’s appeal to resistance camp is an “honest assurance” on the intentions of Mehbooba-led government to collectively work for meaningful resolution of issues which meets the aspirations of stakeholders. “The offer needs to be taken as another big trust-building measure which should motivate everyone to participate in the process without harbouring any doubts,” he said.
Madni termed it unfortunate that the state has hugely suffered due to “misplaced obsessions” and present initiative underwent some hiccups. “However, full backing of Union Government and Prime Minister’s public commitment on last year’s Independence Day did not allow misgivings to mar the process,” he said.
“The government’s resolve to see 2018 as a year for harbinger of an era of peace is a message emanating from empathy for the people of the region,” Sartaj Madni said and expressed confidence that “once the dialogue process reaches each stakeholder, the scope of mutual trust and understanding will expand for good of the state and its people”.

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