'Centre's silence on Kashmir situation unfortunate'

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the silence maintained by Government of India on prevailing situation in Kashmir was “unfortunate”.

Talking to reporters on sidelines of a party function Mehbooba urged supporters and workers of all political parties to come together to send a message to the Government of India against any move to tinker with the State’s special position.

“I want to tell workers of all political parties including National conference, Peoples Conference, Congress, People’s Democratic Front and others to get united to send the message to government of India that we will not accept any fiddling with J&K’s special position,” Mehbooba said.

She said recent developments in Kashmir including deployment of additional deployment, advisory asking tourists and AmarnathYatris to leave Kashmir have created fear among people.

“It seems something is going to happen. The Air Force and the Army have been put on high alert and it seems something is going to happen. People are worried but unfortunately Government of India has maintained silence and hasn’t made any statement,” she said.

Mehbooba said if people of Jammu and Kashmir get united “no power on earth can dare to fiddle with the state’s special position”.

Meanwhile senior PDP leaders appealed to the Prime Minister NarendraModi to ensure that no unilateral decision was taken at any level that impinges upon constitutional arrangement of J&K in Union of India. In a meeting presided over by Mehbooba in Srinagar, top PDP leaders urged the Prime Minister to give due consideration to the fact that people of the State have always reposed faith in constitutional and democratic ethos of the country and any unilateral decision to alter the constitutional framework governing the State would be a “travesty”.

The party leadership hoped that the present dispensation headed by the Prime Minister will respect the sentiments of people and their views on current situation.

The meeting was attended by party vice president, general secretaries and senior leaders.