PDP achieved success which eluded others: Mufti

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Srinagar, Nov 1 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had achieved success, which eluded earlier attempts, in issues raised by it such as opening of traditional road links, ensuring relief to the people in security measures and reduction of troops.

Addressing a public meeting at Shangus in Anantnag district, he said his party has transformed the political discourse in Jammu and Kashmir by piloting successfully and with conviction, the crucial issues concerning the State and its people.

Mr Sayeed said the emerging positive and feasible scenario, propelled by the PDP's pro-people policies, has set the trend for the ultimate and amicable resolution of the Kashmir issue.

The PDP patron said the driving force for the PDP's endeavours was the public support, without which the party could have not achieved much. ''We have still a lot to accomplish in the interest of the people of the state and our struggle would continue for that,'' he added.

Putting Srinagar-Delhi relations in their historical perspective, Mr Sayeed said the dialogue between the state and the Centre on earlier occasions had resulted in only Jammu and Kashmir conceding something, without getting anything substantial for its people.

''The process began in 1952 when as a result of the Delhi Agreement, the Instrument of Accession was diluted and powers transferred from the state to the Centre, rather than the other way round. Similarly, the 1975 accord formalised the erosion of the state's autonomy,'' he added.

Contrary to these historical aberrations, the former Chief Minister said the PDP's agenda had met with considerable success, though much more was there still to be struggled for and achieved to fully restore the dignity of the State and its people.

The self-rule and the complete political and economic empowerment of the people of the state in a positively evolving India-Pakistan arrangement was the party's final goal, which is more in sight today than ever before, he added.

Mr Sayeed said though the full potential of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was yet to be tapped, the beginning of the bus service on it has broken the decades of intransigence on both sides. It was now only a matter of time when all regions of the state will have access across the Line of Control and the international border, restoring the people the right to travel freely they had, prior to partition.

Similarly, the vacation of civilian properties by troops by November 30 was the beginning of a process that would restore the civil society its full authority and expand the space for the political and the democratic forces to fully assert and govern as per the people's wishes, the PDP patron added.

He said a beginning has been made and the time was not far away when the people of Jammu and Kashmir would once again enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity, away from fear of all kinds of guns.


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