“BJP has turned in to the modern-day East India Company”
Srinagar, July 28: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today reiterated its commitment to the founding philosophy and agenda of the party on its 22nd foundation day.
Recalling the turbulent times when the party was established to provide a political alternative and a meaningful agenda for peace, dignity and development in Jammu & Kashmir, the party leadership underlined the relevance of the guiding principles and ethos of PDP which is to advocate & facilitate resolution through dialogue and reconciliation, peace with dignity and equitable development.
Addressing the main commemoration event at the party headquarters in Srinagar PDP President Ms Mehbooba Mufti took pride and expressed satisfaction in the fact that the party leadership and its foot soldiers continue to path with absolute commitment to the ideals and the core agenda of PDP.
“ Illegal & unconstitutional actions of August 5 and beyond have only added to the complexities of J&K issue whereby those with full faith in the democratic and constitutional mechanism of our country have been deeply hurt and they feel betrayed. While we have taken it upon ourselves to struggle for our identity and rights by all peaceful and constitutional means, we are also not losing the sight of the bigger picture and would continue to advocate the resolution through dialogue and reconciliation to bring about lasting peace not only in Jammu and Kashmir but the entire subcontinent,” Mehbooba said in her address.
“ Our unflinching and uncompromising stand vis a vis our identity and rights aside, the changing geo-political scenario is proving the agenda and roadmap of PDP more relevant today than ever before. It is our belief that peace in South Asian region and the prosperity of people is subservient to sustainable peace in J&K and the only way to achieve it would be to follow up on what Mufti sahib had envisioned and even executed when at the helm of affairs from 2002-2005,” she said.
Advocating for change in the current approach of the government towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba emphasized the need for a shift from security centric approach to J&K.
“It is high time that the idea to look at J&K through the security prism alone be given up. Such an approach has miserably failed to achieve the desired results. J&K has to be looked at as a political & human problem. It is an issue of people desirous of peace with dignity and identity,” she added.
Reaching out to the people of the country, Mehbooba said that J&K had not acceded with a political party but the democratic and secular people of the great nation and that they must not remain mute spectators while the people of J&K are being demeaned and muzzled.
Castigating BJP for bulldozing the democratic ethos and institutions of the country Mehbooba equated the present day style of functioning of BJP government with the erstwhile East India Company which only bothered about land and resources and not the people and their aspirations.
“For BJP like East India Company every citizen of the country is a suspect and guilty until proven innocent,” she said
Other senior party leaders who attended and addressed the gathering included party vice president A R Veeri, General Secretaries G N Lone Hanjura, Dr Mehboob Beg, Nizam ud din Bhat, PAC members Sartaj Madni, Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Naeem Akhter, Aasia Naqash, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Advocate Mohd Ysusf Bhat, Former Minister Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, Former Legislators Aijaz Ahmad Mir, Anjum Fazili, State Secretaries Abdul Hameed Kosheen, Ghulam Mohi ud din Wani, Advocate Khursheed Iqbal, District Presidents, Coordinators, and Zonal Presidents.