Says Mufti’s voices were always devoid of any acrimonious utterances
Srinagar, Apr 17: People’s Democratic Party Vice President Mohammad Sartaj Madni has emphasized the need to embark together in people’s journey and quest for honour, peace and dignity by committing to the avowed mission of peace anchored by Party’s mentor Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Addressing an impressive party rally at Watihal, Qazigund Madni pledged recourse to the noble mission which he said offers a tested remedy to the ills and problems dogging the state ever since partition.
Madni said he foresees a defining movement for the long haul of miseries and mayhem to end very soon and people in general and party cadre in particular would need to recall services and struggle of the visionary leader.
Madni said memories are fresh with the masses when in 1999 before the formation of PDP, Kashmir was marooned deep in its own blood. Those were the dark days as the people of the state were suffering from feeling of helplessness, strong alienation, cynical aloofness and complete lack of faith in democratic political process. The arms of state were seen ruthlessly suppressing the people’s yearning of even a minimum decent civil behavior and understanding of their plight. Worst was witnessed in Indo-Pak hostility, particularly after Kargil war.
Madni said it is in such a prevailing atmosphere of disgust that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed discerned the imperative of history who brought in play his wisdom, experience and feelings to espouse the cause for peace process, dialogue and reconciliation through participatory political process and judicious restraint by all the combating forces.
Madni said no one can deny results yielded by Mufti’s passionate campaign and his success in salvaging the self respect of the people and in repairing the damaged psyche. While he brought a complete turnaround from 2002 to 2005 as head of the state Government, fortunately the leadership of India and Pakistan also valued his vision. Series of measures from opening of roads to people to people dialogue witnessed a dramatic and momentous change in the political scenario. The calm at borders was reflective of bonhomie in which all hostilities were fading. PDP played a crucial role under Mufti’s leadership in this enterprise.
Madni said, as ill luck would have it soon after Kashmir had reached a threshold of far reaching consequence, some local politicians got Mufti tenure scuttled. State receded back into crisis thereafter. However, Mufti remained devoted to his mission and continued to play the role of a whistle blower for recognizing Kashmir as a painful issue to be resolved with respect for people with a proud and distinct cultural identity.
Madni said PDP’s alliance with BJP in 2014 emanated from his urge and hope in country’s collective conscience and strength to resolve Kashmir issue. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti took up the responsibility in his departure with similar devotion and faith. He said that it is unfortunate that some developments in the region changed the focus and the expected process was put on back-burner. The old mind-set re-emerged at the peril of the state’s people. Kashmir appeared to many as an issue on table either as a security topic, a basket case or a law and order problem despite her pleadings against. She warned New Delhi and Islamabad long before the re-emergence of deadly violence about the complacency of New Delhi and Islamabad. She unequivocally expressed her view that Kashmir case cannot be controlled through intelligence memos, economic doles and crowd control methods. She tried a reach out for Indo-Pak amity and reconciliation at local level.
Madni expressed satisfaction that the dark clouds have finally started fading away and Mufti’s mission is coming alive as a source of hope and touch-stone for resolution. He said there can be no good vindication of Mufti’s vision than the candid acknowledgement of top brass of the Indo-Pak Armies. The obtaining narrative across the region involving society, communities, establishment and governments on an imperative of peace and reconciliation through medium of dialogue and mutual understanding further proves the efficacy of his vision. Madni said Mufti’s voices were always devoid of any acrimonious utterances and unlike those who sat on intransigence or those who spoke of bombing the territories across. He was soft but firm in his faith on peace. He does not feel surprised over the changing mindset at regional level.
Madni made a fervent appeal to people to remain wedded to the cause and rejuvenate their resolve for seeking resolution of problems with dignity and sense of self-respect and through decent terms of engagement. He exuded confidence that unfounded criticism against PDP will vanish in the din of dialogue, for a defining movement to arrive.
Madni was accompanied by Nayeem Akhtar, Minister for Public Works. Akhtar who also addressed the gathering assured them of good days ahead. (KNS)