‘Those interested in ending stalemate should evoke positive response’
Srinagar, Sep 22: Welcoming the unconditional offer of dialogue from Government of India on Kashmir Vice President of Peoples Democratic Party Sartaj Madani said that same should evoke positive response from all those interested in ending the stalemate. He was referring to BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav’s statement on this on his arrival here.
Madani said that people of Jammu and Kashmir have been the worst sufferers of uncertainty and instability arising out of contentious issues and confrontation. Now is the time that reconciliatory gestures from New Delhi are not put to any doubt and all stake holders extend a helping hand in restoring the process of dialogue for sustainable peace and conflict resolution.
Madani said the fresh offer has a context and needs to be seen as a sincere and honest initiative aimed at getting the state out of a perpetuated crisis which has cost “us” so darely. He said it was at the very outset that PDP –BJP alliance committed itself to inclusive politics with a purpose and agenda of alliance (AOA) explicitly acknowledges the need for political resolution and participatory diplomacy for a stable sub-continent believing in idea of co-existence.
He said it is keeping in with the basic commitment and promises made with state’s people by Indian leadership that Prime Minister Narender Modi has made his Government’s intentions known on last Independence Day from ramparts of Red Fort wherein he assured to “embrace people of Kashmir “He was unequivocal in saying Goli se Nahin Gale lagane se hoga”. Madhav’s observations are nothing but furthering that agenda and we cannot afford to miss opportunities” he added.
Madani said that PDP has a track record of pursuing the policy of dialogue for resolution of all issues and Mufti Mohammad Syed changed the discourse in the sub-continent when it witnessed spell of initiatives from 2002 t0 2005 for friendship between India and Pakistan and building of mutual trust at peoples level through various exchanges like opening of closed routes mutual trade and ceasefire on borders.
He said once similar initiatives are given chance, the mistrust built over the time will automatically fade away to expand the political space for positive gains. Madani said that political parties of all hues in the state owe it to suffering people that their woes end and they are not made to suffer for certain obsessions. He made an appeal to all for striking a common ground on assurances made by the present dispensation in New Delhi. He said let us not squander chances through unwarranted obduracy and work in cooperation with each other on issues of mutual concern.
Madani said that PDP on its part has an open mind and has been consistently pleading to respect the dissent voice. Mufti Syed has been the votary of battle of ideas. So is Mehbooba Mufti honest enough to carry forward the patrons mission. He said it was Mehbooba who took a bold initiative to call a dialogue between the political parties in the state with an obvious intention to make a new beginning, revive the scuttled process of peace and also allow a common ground to grow on resolution of issues. But unfortunately the takers took the offer with cynicism and that was no forward movement. He said we need to come out of the negative mindset and strike a mutual chord for a movement forward, Madani said and asked all the stake holders to come forward so that an intended meaningful exercise for resolution of all issues is allowed to take place. (KNS)