End confrontation for peace: PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party stated Saturday New Delhi needs to start political initiatives in Kashmir for the development work to be visible, and appealed India and Pakistan to end confrontation for sake of the state’s people.
End confrontation for peace: PDP
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The Peoples Democratic Party stated Saturday New Delhi needs to start political initiatives in Kashmir for the development work to be visible, and appealed India and Pakistan to end confrontation for sake of the state's people.

The party vice president Mohammad SartajMadni told a public rally here that each generation in the state passed on bitter memories of death and destruction to the next, a party statement said Saturday.

"Gore and guns have been allowed to perpetuate. The result is for everyone to see. The paradise is in turmoil, humanity is in siege and human beings are in trauma," the statement quoted Madni as saying. 

The party leader recalled how after full blown militancy and losses in Kargil war India and Pakistan decided to settle for peace and to move forward towards reconciliation. 

"Vajpayee and Musharaf Governments broke the ice, even to agreeing to soft borders and sharing of economic and cultural activity. It was then that people in the region in general and people of Jammu & Kashmir in particular gave their best to broker peace and settle for mutual cooperation," the statement said.

"Unfortunately, the peace moves did not sustain and confidence building vanished in the din of intransigence from either side."

Madni also said dialogue cannot be marred by long arm tactics and people of the state need to be heard, both by New Delhi and Islamabad. 

"This can happen only if both governments agree to taking serious political moves in the direction of dispute resolution and bring an end to border clashes, besides showing mutual desire to end violence at all levels," Madni said. 

He lamented that Prime Minister NarinderModi's assurances from ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day were losing meaning in absence of concerted and sustainable political initiative for engaging stake holders in serious peace building. 

"Whatever economic activity undertaken for state's upliftment (it) is getting wasted as the younger generation is not involved and poor and backward on borders are faced with everyday trauma and displacement," Madi told the gathering.

ChoudharyZulufkar was among other PDP leaders who addressed the rally on Saturday.  

"While valley is groaning under militancy, Jammu region is witnessing the worst in border skirmishes," Zulufkar said. 

"It is in the interest of New Delhi that its governance and development agenda is made visible through serious political discourse on Kashmir."

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