After Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba asks people to take cue from Pak voters


Khansahab (Budgam), May 14: Asking people of Jammu and Kashmir to “take a cue” from Pakistani voters who overwhelmingly participated in recent elections despite threats, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said that despite all odds Pakistani public “showed the resolve to bring about a change through democratic means.”
 “I foresee the State’s people in general and the youth in particular leading the similar movement for change in Jammu & Kashmir during the 2014 political battles to take the functionaries of the present dispensation to task, not only for their actions but inaction as well,” Mehbooba said, addressing a PDP workers’ convention here.
 Terming the present dispensation as the “biggest misfortune” for the people, Mehbooba said: “The present government has only brought political chaos, rampant corruption, administrative anarchy and denial of human rights to the state without making any positive contribution on political or developmental fronts.”
 The PDP president said hallmarks of this government are “a wayward political conduct, ineptitude, corruption, strong arm methods, collapse of administration and institutional degradation.”
 She said it was not only the constituencies represented by opposition that the government was “victimizing in respect of development but the governance crisis is taking a toll in all areas and regions of the State.”
 “All major projects and schemes started by the previous coalition government have been shelved or have become a victim of inefficiency, red-tape and corruption,” she said. Mehbooba said the government had been unable to continue the momentum of development started in 2003.
 Underlining that there was “lack of political direction at the top level of the government”, Mehbooba said “everybody seems to be interested in local matters and personal comforts only without taking an overview of how the state should develop in an era of competition and high expectations.”
 While the government gives publicity to the funds received from government of India as a great achievement, its effect on the ground is totally invisible, she alleged.
 She said, “Unemployment is rising at an alarming rate and the government response is restricted to appointment of a few favourites through backdoor. Nepotism and corruption in appointments and recruitment which were almost finished by my government are back as a norm.”
 Senior PDP leader Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari said PDP has a “positive agenda which is backed by its performance in the government and in the opposition.”
 He said the party has “maintained consistency in its agenda and while in government it delivered more than any other government has done in past more than six decades.”
 Senior PDP leader and former Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra said the National Conference-Congress coalition government in the State has “become a symbol of repression, anarchy, economic subjugation, corruption and misrule.”
 He said given the alarming number of scams tumbling out of the coalition government’s cupboard, the present dispensation has “earned the dubious distinction of being not only an incompetent but a scandalous government as well.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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