Srinagar: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged India and Pakistan to go beyond rhetoric, deepen the process of dialogue and broaden the scope of political engagement keeping Jammu and Kashmir front and centre of the process to make it result oriented and sustainable.
A PDP spokesperson on Sunday said the party on Saturday held a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC). The meeting was the first such meet held here in Srinagar post party restructuring and reelection of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti.
The meeting that was held with PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in chair, deliberated upon the prevailing political situation in the state and the party’s response to the emerging situation, he said.
Ruing the uncertainty and the imposed atmosphere of panic unleashed, the members lauded the resolve of PDP and unanimously endorsed the stance of the party president Mehbooba Mufti regarding the prevailing situation and issues post August 5.
Deliberating on the thaw in relations between India and Pakistan, the members welcomed the recent gestures of peace from both sides of the border and ceasefire agreement leading to de-escalation of tensions.
“The PAC urged governments in both capitals to go beyond rhetoric, deepen the process of dialogue and broaden the scope of political engagement keeping Jammu and Kashmir front and centre of the process to make it result oriented and sustainable,” the meeting resolved.
Highlighting the dynamic shift in the geopolitical engagements of the subcontinent the meeting observed that the stance and agenda as propounded by PDP is proving to be the guide (go to reference) for establishment of durable peace in the region thereby proving it more relevant than ever before.
Terming connectivity and free flow of goods and people as pivotal for up-liftment of people in the subcontinent devastated by wars and penury the meeting pitched for early resumption of Cross Loc trade, opening up of Srinagar- Muzaffarabad, Poonch-Rawalakote, Kargil –Skardu and Jammu-Sialkote roads.
Condemning the alleged unleashing of Central Agencies to coerce and muzzle Ms Mehbooba, the voice of Kashmir, the members expressed their solidarity with the party president and resolved to standby by her and the party in the fight for restoration of our rights and dignity of people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is important to mention that senior leaders and PAC members Mohammad Sartaj Madni and Naeem Akhtar couldn’t attend the meeting as both are under illegal detention. The meeting condemned their continued their continued incarceration and demanded their immediate release and well as the release of all political prisoners,” the spokesperson said.
The PAC also rejected the frivolous charges leveled against the party youth president Waheed ur Rehman Parra and termed his detention as part of political witch hunt demanding his immediate release.
The meeting further expressed gratitude to the party workers at the grassroots level who have stood with the party and its struggle despite the pressures and harassments exhorted by the system. “The workers are the real strength of the party and PDP shall stand firm to represent their aspirations”, the meeting resolved.
Those who attended the meeting included Party Vice Presidents A R Veeri & Chaudhary Abdul Hameed, GeneraL Secretaries Dr Mehboob Beig, G N Lone Hanjura, Nizam ud din Bhat, Sardar Amreek Singh Reen, Arshid Malik, & PAC members Sofi Abdul Gaffar, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Advocate Mohd Yusuf Bhat, Master Tasaduq Hussain & Firdous Tak.