Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has been pushed into a fresh spell of bloodshed because of worsening Indo-Pak relations, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday. It said that the delay in resumption of dialogue and revival of peace initiatives between India and Pakistan was a cause of worry and had the potential of undermining the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) with its partner in the government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In a statement, state vice-president of PDP, Sartaj Madni, said that the AoA was a commitment to the people of the state on resolution of the Kashmir problem through reconciliation and dialogue. There were promises made in the alliance document for peace in the region and for bringing an end to the prolonged miseries of people, Madni said.
He said that the appointment of Disneshwar Sharma as an interlocutor had set in motion a process of reconciliation. The state government had also taken several confidence-building measures to instill trust among the people, particularly the youth, along with holistic development plans and welfare measures, he said.
Madni said that PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had greatly contributed to former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s peace campaign, to which the then Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, reciprocated warmly.
“The Vajpayee-Musharaf understanding took the Kashmir problem nearer to solution. It is an irony and misfortune that the process got scuttled before it could culminate into something tangible,” Madni said in his statement.
He said the “dip” in Indo–Pak relations had pushed the state into a fresh spell of bloodshed. He said that when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed formed the government with BJP, it was his hope and belief that under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the Vajpayee initiative would be resumed and Indo-Pak relations would improve.
Madni said that Mehbooba Mufti followed her father’s example to continue the alliance with BJP. “She was no less influenced with the Vajpayee example and the promises made in the AoA. She has never discredited the AoA and, in fact, herself made an offer of internal dialogue, besides exhorting New Delhi to forge friendly ties with Pakistan,” Madni said.
Madni said it was heartening that the Government of India had promised to not fiddle with Article 370, as it promised in the AoA.