Srinagar, May 11 (Scoop News) –Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said PDP’s campaign for change does not aim only at taking the state out of anarchy and governance crisis but its main thrust is on putting Jammu & Kashmir on the course of un-interruptible path of political progress and economic development. Addressing a party workers convention at Baramulla today she said the vision evolved by the PDP was already under implementation till 2008 and it will pickup threads again from there with people’s support. On this occasion senior party leader and former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said People of the state have now clear choice to make whether to continue with the political exploitation and misrule of NC regime or support PDP in rewriting the destiny of the state. Senior vice president of the party Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Party General secretary Mohd Dilawar Mir, Chief Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, Party State secretary Javaid Hassan Baig, Mohd Sharief, Bashir Ah Shah and others were also present on this occasion.
Mehbooba said Jammu & Kashmir had started of a journey of hope and reconstruction which was stopped after change of guard in the government and now the situation seems to be heading for square one. She said the string of killing by unidentified gunmen , a policeman, Panchayat members and ordinary citizens is a matter of grave concern but this cannot be stopped by mere statements of outrage and condemnation. She said insecurity of lives has returned to haunt the society and NC led government has proved that while it remains in office no improvement can be expected to turn around the situation, she said the spirit and atmosphere generated by the previous government led by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has to be recreated.
Expressing confidence that people having experienced the PDP led government and successive NC regimes, the next elections would throw up a government that is not only accountable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir but actually channelizes their aspirations and safeguards their rights. NC, she said has historically cheated the people by seeking votes on the promises of political empowerment but in practice conceding all political authority and economic assets like the power projects and J&K Bank to centre, said Mehbooba.
Mehbooba said the PDP has through its actions established that it is a party that delivers more than it promises. She recalled that her party had promised to convert Kashmir into a bridge between India & Pakistan and not let it remain a permanent bone of contention between the two that has resulted in miseries for many generations. She said the policies of the government led by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed brought relief not only on the internal front but impacted positively the relations between India and Pakistan. Kashmir for a while looked like the epicenter of peace and it seems that the state was scripting the agenda of peace between the two countries which had remained hostile ever since independence. She said even though PDP was in alliance with congress but it could take on board the BJP led NDA also and for the first time a consensus at the national level had evolved to resolve Kashmir issue peacefully.
Mehbooba said while the peace process is now shattered, even on matters of day to day life in which NC has sought votes the government has failed to deliver. She said this govt marked its beginning with the tragic and dastardly death of Asiya and Neelofar in Shopian and continued with the killing of 120 innocents including children in 2010, hundreds of infant deaths at GB Pant Hospital in 2012, secret hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru in 2013, destruction of Dastgeer sahib shrine and killing of Panchayat representatives have become the tragic milestones of this government, which has proved a deadly monster for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Refering to the death of Sonaullah who was attacked in Kot Balwal jail Mehbooba said Omar Abdullah government is supplying scapegoats to its political masters when ever they need them to neutralize passion in the country. In order to establish its credentials about the so called war on terror Omar Abdullah volunteered his services for hanging Afzal Guru even though he was 28th on the death row. States like Punjab and Tamil Nadu refused to fall in line and as a result the killers of Rajive Gandhi and Biant Singh escaped the noose. Similarly in the aftermath of Surabjeet’s unfortunate killing in Pakistan the passions were aroused through out the country with calls for revenge. More Pakistani prisoners are lodged in jails across the country but Sonaullah became a victim just because the state government was ready to oblige. This she said has evoked even severe reprimand from the Supreme Court.
Speaking on this occasion Senior party leader and Former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that the present government stopped action on all plans and schemes started by the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed led government . He said mega plans had been finalized for development of cities like Baramulla and Anantnag into modern cities where all amenities and civic services would be available. He said Baramullah under the plan would have emerged as a respectable gate way of Kashmir on the Muzaffar abad road. He said we have to develop Baramulla into a modern urban centre in accordance with the party’s vision for opening up the state to out side state through its traditional routes. He said Jammu & Kashmir can attract millions of tourists from Pakistan, central Asia, Iran and Turkey when ever roads like Uri-Muzaffarabad road, Kargil-Skardu, Sialkote, Poonch -Rawalakote reopen to their full potential. He said at present the state does not have amenities even for the few lac tourists who visit Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu but the PDP’s vision focuses on development of tourist facilities in a big way so that it can provide employment on the one hand and on the other help in reviving our cultural contacts with out side world including central Asia.
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