‘Only dialogue will save precious lives, make peace permanent in South Asia’
Srinagar, Feb 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday castigated the government decision of withdrawing security of protected persons in the state, terming it non- sensical and vindictive in nature.
Addressing press conference in Srinagar, PDP General Secretary Ghulam NabI Lone Hanjura flanked by PDP leaders MLC Mohammad Khurshid Alam and and former minister Mohammad Ashraf Mir, questioned the recent government decision in which security of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other protected persons in the state was withdrawn. He said the approach adopted by the authorities is vindictive in nature and that those at the helm are turning their eyes away from reality without any compunction. “There is also chaos and confusion prevalent within the system. On one side Government claims to have taken away the security of Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Shabir Shah and on the other side, these leaders claim to have never received any security cover. The government must come clear on this,” said Hanjura.
The PDP leader also expressed concern over the war hysteria being created between the two countries post Pulwama attack and termed the decision to stop water flowing to Pak and diverting it to other states a real worrisome decision which can have far reaching consequences. “It has always been the cardinal principle of the PDP that no dispute can ever be resolved through confrontational attitude and it is dialogue and reconciliation alone that can provide a bulwark against the swirling tides. The two countries must understand that wars fought in the past only brought death and destruction to the people of both the nations,” Hanjura said.
He also stated that unless India and Pakistan don’t initiate dialogue process, it is impossible that the situation in Kashmir will get any better and peace will return to the crises riven state.
The PDP General Secretary also asked the government to ensure safety of the Kashmiri students outside Valley and demanded safe return of those who want re-unite with their families in Kashmir.
He also expressed gratitude to the Sikh organisations for extending help to the Kashmiri students who had become victims of smear campaign in country’s various parts.
The PDP General secretary also hailed communal harmony exhibited by the people in Jammu as they didn’t allow the fanatic groups to tear apart region’s secular fabric and affect the image of its brotherhood and harmonious character.