Mufti cautions Delhi against selective dialogue

Jammu, Oct 9: The Peoples Democratic Party patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, on Friday cautioned New Delhi against selective dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir. “There should not be a pick and choos...

Jammu, Oct 9: The Peoples Democratic Party patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, on Friday cautioned New Delhi against selective dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir.
 "There should not be a pick and choose policy while initiating dialogue with separatists. The government of India should come out with a positive attitude to initiate the dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiri leaders," Mufti said addressing senior party functionaries after launching a membership drive here.
 He stressed the need to resume Indo-Pak dialogue at the highest level to take the peace process "pioneered" by his party to its logical end.  He demanded that a meaningful and unconditional dialogue should be started with all sections of the society including all factions of the Hurriyat Conference for amicable solution of the Kashmir issue.
 Stressing consensus on the Self-Rule proposal, the former chief minister said that his party's proposal was the realistic and practical solution to address both external and internal dimension of the vexed Kashmir issue.
 Mufti exhorted the PDP workers to educate masses about Self-Rule as it was the only solution acceptable to all the stakeholders. "Through our Self-Rule proposal we have been demanding more powers for the state. If our state becomes economically self-reliant, all regions and sub-regions would be equally benefited", he observed.
 He reiterated his party's demand of re-negotiating water agreements with the central agencies. "Being owner of the water resources of our state we should have the right to negotiate agreements", he demanded while quoting some clauses of Self-Rule document.
 Sayeed said that during his recent meeting with prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, he had taken up the issue of discriminatory water agreements and demanded handing over  of some hydro electric projects to the state as recommended by the C Rangrajan Committee.

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