Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said the road to peace, stability, progress and prosperity in
Addressing a function organized in connection with the joining of Lok Jan Shakti (LJP) and BSP leaders from Jammu region in PDP in Jammu on Wedensday, Sayeed said amicable settlement the problem of Jammu & Kashmir offers the only opportunity of a breakthrough for India and Pakistan to co-exist peacefully and to the benefit of one of the largest human masses of the world. He said
The PDP Patron said continuation of the historic peace process set off on 18th April 2003 by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and carried on by his successor Dr Manmohan Singh was a historical necessity. "Neither country could afford to go back on it, nor would
Referring to the internal dimension of the problem of Jammu & Kashmir, Sayeed said there were important and well-defined issues to be resolved between the State and the
Mufti said the current crisis on economic, financial and infrastructure fronts confronting the State, can’t be met with small-time responses of the Government. He said patchworks can’t improve the quality of life of the State’s people and the larger issue of exploitation of State’s water and land resources has to be addressed to take care of the State’s development needs in the 21st century.
The PDP Patron said all regions of the State are facing economic deprivation because of wanton exploitation of our water and natural resources. He said economic empowerment of the common people including our youth can be achieved only if we have a free and unlimited access to our own resources.
"The Central Government will only have to create an enabling atmosphere in which we can seek and receive direct financial investment in the State," Sayeed said. Unfortunately, this has been discouraged in J&K and instead our water resources were usurped first in the 1950’s by sealing the rights on them to the central government under the Indus Water Treaty and later during the last National Conference regime that signed away all the major identified power projects mostly on Chenab and Jehlum to the NHPC, he said. "This unimaginative action has now rendered the State to economic destitution with the Doda and Kishtwar districts today facing a double-edged weapon," he said and demanded review of all such actions that are detrimental to the State’s economic interests.
The PDP Patron said even the Working Groups and the Prime Minister’s Special Task Force on Economic Development of Jammu & Kashmir have strongly recommended transfer of Center-owned power projects to the State. "The Government of India must act on these recommendations with sincerity of purpose to address the State’s economic and financial woes," he said.
On this occasion LJP leaders Rafiq Malik (State President), Dinesh Verma (Senior Vice-President), Showkat Ali (President Kissan Cell), Gurdeep Singh Pandey (State President Youth), Sanjay Bhagat (State Secretary), Tilak Rak (General Secretary Dalit Sena), Khakhan Babar (State Secretary), Mulkh Raj (State Secretary), Jagtar Singh (District President), Arvind Malhotra (Convener) and BSP State Secretary Kapoor Chand Baghat alongwith their supporters joined the PDP.
Rafiq Malik, Showkat Ali, Gurdeep Singh Panday and Sanjay Bhagat had contested the recent assembly elections as the candidates of their respective parties.
PDP leaders Ved Mahajan, Sardar Rangil Singh, Trilok Singh Bajwa, Dhaman Bhasin, Mohammad Dillawar Mir, Murtaza Khan, Sardar Manjeet Singh, Shanti Devi, Chodhary Nizam-ud-Din Khatana, Asghar Ali, Falail Singh, Bladev Salathia, Rashid Malik and Balbir Singh were present on the occasion.