The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has welcomed the decision of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, for release of political prisoners "who were detained under draconian laws like PSA".
"Certain communal forces in J&K are fomenting hatred and unrest to sabotage peace and communal harmony in the sensitive state", a statement issued by SAD Amritsar said and hailed the Chief Minister for trying to build bridges of reconciliation.
"We feel Mufti Mohd Sayed has got a very clear and positive political vision vis-a-vis long standing Kashmir problem and role of neighbouring Pakistan. We are of a firm opinion that a perpetual hostility with nuclear neighbour like Pakistan bleeds both the countries at the cost of suffering populate", the statement said adding "This process is in consonance with the mature policy initiated by the then Prime Minister of India in which Mufti Mohd Sayed played vital role for opening of Uri-Muzafarabad and Poonch- Rawlakot links for separated families across the borders".
"We further hope that Mufti Mohd Sayeed will use his influence in making both India-Pakistan to further this reconciliation policy in establishing better relations and open more land routes, such as Nowshera Jhangar-Mirpur and Suchetgarh-Sialkot links", the statement added.
As per the statement, an emergency meeting of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) was held today under the chairmanship of S Jaspal Singh Mangal to take stock of the latest political situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting praised and supported Mufti Mohd Sayeed's intentions to use good offices of Hurriyat conference and other stake holders in the permanent resolution of Kashmir tangle and for permanent settlement of 1947 refugees, the statement said.