Opening up of JK to outside world cornerstone of K- resolution process: Mufti
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GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar May 14: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Monday said the opening up of Jammu & Kashmir to outside world through traditional routes, which is an important feature, of self rule framework has emerged as a cornerstone of resolution process.
Addressing workers meeting at Gulgam in Kupwara district today he said the process that began with a ceasefire on LoC in 2003 and received a boost in 2005 with the opening of Srinagar – Muzaffarabad and Poonch Rawalakote routes has already had a positive impact on life in border areas of the state. “As this process is carried forward its immense benefits can transform not just the economy of the state but the entire political and strategic situation in this part of the world”, he said.
Mufti said the strategic location of Jammu & Kashmir is an asset that unfortunately has in the past worked against its interests and the state is now reduced mainly into a security concern without its people being allowed to harness the benefits of its privileged position between South and Central Asia. He said in the aftermath of the partition the state landed in very difficult times with all its traditional routes providing trade and cultural links suddenly cut off and an atmosphere of siege gripped the entire territory. He said we want this siege lifted without India or Pakistan having to make compromises on their sovereignty or territorial integrity.
This, he said, was actually happening as the trends in Indo- Pak dialogue in resolution would suggest. “The historic steps taken in 2003 are the ones on which the future of Jammu & Kashmir and this whole region is going to be built through free trade and travel”, he said.
Mufti added that the idea of free trade zone had already taken off and would need now to be taken to its logical conclusion through institutionalization of trade and hassle free travel.
He said there are serious issues between the state and centre that need to be resolved to uphold the rights of the people of this state which acceded to country in very challenging circumstances. Self rule vision provides for these issues whether they relate to the empowerment of the people or the rights of the state over its natural resources, he said.
Mufti said it was a travesty that the Jammu & Kashmir was still reeling under darkness when its water resources were harnessed to benefit other areas. He said it is unfair that our most feasible power projects have been handed over to NHPC by the successive NC governments in order to stay in power. He said it was crucial for the economic self reliance of the state that it is compensated for every unit of electricity generated from its waters.
Senior PDP leader and former deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig in his address criticized the government for trying to “reverse” the process of equitable development that was started by the PDP- Congress coalition in very difficult and trying circumstances. He said even though militancy had now almost completely been stamped out, the government had failed to build on the initiatives taken by the previous government. Not to speak of new initiatives or schemes the present government had shelved even the on going schemes as part of its “political vendata and inefficiency.”
Baig said while the Chief Minister himself had been reduced to a “figure head engaged in a permanent fight for survival,” the ministers had zeroed in on their own welfare, their families and their agents in their constituencies.
There was a brazen “loot going on of the huge funds that are received by the government” from various sources. The schemes like MNREGA which could have transformed the rural areas are being “misused” by the ruling politicians to fill their own coffers, he said.
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