Saying that time has come to “revive the peace initiatives”, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “rise to the occasion” and launch fresh political and economic initiatives for resolution of the Kashmir issue.
“Time had come to revive the peace initiatives, both on internal and external fronts, and mark a new beginning in and around Jammu and Kashmir on political and economic fronts,” Mufti said addressing a party convention in south Kashmir. “With a decisive mandate on his back, Prime Minister has the opportunity and luxury of conceiving a new grand strategy for Jammu and Kashmir by not only reviving the peace initiative that had worked well between 2002 and 2005, but pioneering fresh political and economic initiatives with speed, purpose and direction”.
The PDP president expressed her dismay over the cross border firing and termed the instability along the borders as one of the biggest challenges that needs to be tackled on priority.
Mufti also urged the Centre to help the state government in rehabilitating the victims of 2014 floods. “The problems of economic deprivation, development-deficit and unemployment which have become complex, especially in the aftermath of the devastating floods of 2014 which crippled the State economy, have to be addressed in right earnest,” she said. “Given the enormity of the crisis, it is beyond the means and resources of the State Government to confront this challenge. We hope the Central Government would pay immediate attention to these enormous challenges and help the State Government revive the process of economic rejuvenation in Jammu and Kashmir through an adequate financial package”.
She urged the valley youth to “shun the path of violence” saying huge opportunities await them. “The youth who have taken to the path of violence must take a cue from their counterparts who are qualifying prestigious examinations like IAS, KAS etc with flying colors and making their families proud,” she said. “The turmoil has only brought miseries to the people leaving behind a trail of death and destruction. The pain of Kashmiris has reached a level where the hope of peace and prosperity is sure to gain substantial local support”.