Mehbooba asks GoI to declare ceasefire in J&K

Speaking at the All Party Meet (APM) called by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi  on Wednesday, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti pitched for the declaration of ceasefire in J&K after Amarnath Yatra, a PDP spokesman said in a statement.

Mehbooba, according to the statement, while speaking at the APM said, “The recent statement made by the Prime Minister about Sab Ka Sath, Sab Ka Vikas and Sab Ka Vishvas should be implemented on ground and best place to start with that is Kashmir which feels alienated, bruised and wounded.”

“We hope that there is a way out to mend the relations between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country. There is only one way to resolve Kashmir which is through political means and through dialogue.  Late Vajpayee had made an earnest endeavour and Prime Minster Modi too tried to pursue the same approach. However, unfortunately, he couldn’t get the positive response from Pakistan and the militancy related incidents only acted as a spoilsport in the process,” she said.

The PDP chief added that in spite of all the unwanted incidents that hampered the peace initiatives, dialogue is the only way to resolve the crises. “We hope that after Amarnath Yatra concludes peacefully and harmoniously, initiative will again be taken to resume dialogue with all stakeholders in Kashmir. You can dominate an enemy but not your own people. People of Jammu and Kashmir at time of partition of the subcontinent went with the idea of India which is of inclusiveness and accommodation. Our country is marked by diversity of all kinds and the biggest challenge is to maintain this diversity and no attempts should be made to dilute it,” Mehbooba said.

The PDP president said that the Constitution and the political system alone can satisfy the aspirations of the people and that the problems being faced by any alienated section of the society are addressed within the country. “It is high time that country sees why the people of Jammu and Kashmir do not look upto New Delhi for the redressal of their grievances anymore,” she added. 

That lack of trust, she said, has to be restored and that can be done by nobody except the Prime Minister who has come back with a huge majority.

She added that Kashmir has remained a major challenge for successive Prime Ministers for last seven decades and that in order to end the continuing tragedy of Kashmir, Mufti Muhammad  Sayeed put everything at stake, including his party’s political capital, life time of service and went with the BJP hoping that conflict of Kashmir will finally be resolved.  “Now that the Prime Minister has come back with a renewed and a stronger mandate, we expect him to act decisively and resolve our problems in accordance with the political aspirations of the people,” she said.

Mehbooba maintained further that the Muslims of India have stood by the interests of this country and the present being faced by them is very painful.   “We have to see that there was a three decade long insurgency in Kashmir but there wasn’t a single Muslim from mainland India who picked up arms and joined militancy in Kashmir.  This community has to be owned as equal stakeholders. Sab Ka Sath, San Ka Vishwas has to include Muslims specifically,” she said.

On one nation one poll proposal, the PDP president stated that the India is defined by its diversity in culture, in linguistics, in eating and living habits and therefore politically also this diversity should be allowed to thrive.