SRINAGAR, SEPT 15: Responding to the resignation of Lok Sabha Member Tariq Hamid Karra from the party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said that its alliance with BJP does not have a limited scope of the government formation but its aim was to eliminate hostility between different regions of the State and also to remove the trust deficit between people of Kashmir and the rest of the country.
In a statement issued here today, general secretary of the PDP, Nazim-ud-Bhat said “Had government formation would be the only objective, PDP could have done with the help of any other parties which had offered unconditional support to the party after 2014 assembly elections”. “But the question was how such a government could helped serving interests of the people of the State”, he wondered.
Bhat said that Tariq Sahib have been elected by the voters of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on the mandate of the PDP to channelize their sentiments and take them to the highest forum of the democracy in the country-the Parliament. “But unfortunately Tariq Sahib instead choose not speak even once during his two and half year tenure as Lok Sabha member in the Parliament”, he observed.
Mr Bhat further said that Karra’s engagement with different political parties of the country would have been more fruitful, eventful and dignified for the people of Kashmir rather then indulged into rabble rousing at the local level.
Mr Bhat said that with the passage of every day argument in support of the PDP-BJP alliance is getting strength as it can be seen now in the wake of two months continued unrest in the Kashmir Valley. He said that comparing to the happenings of 2008 and 2010, the trouble this time has remained confined only to the Kashmir Valley and rest of the State, with community composition, remained peaceful. It is in Jammu that those who feel heat of the situation in Kashmir, be it students, patients, businessmen, are feeling dignified space.
Mr Bhat, while mentioning that movement of transport involving fruits and other imported goods being blocked in Valley, said that beyond Banihal there was completely hastle free movement of such vehicles. He said that at national level students, business executive and traders of Kashmir are finding themselves in complete peace. PDP general secretary further mentioned that Home Minister, Rajnath Singh is personally monitoring security, admission and scholarship issues of the students of the State which has resulted into the removal of fear and apprehension that usually affected them earlier. Bhat said that sentiments of the people of Kashmir have evoked empathy in the entire nation and both the Houses of Parliament have discussed the Kashmir problem not once but twice. Led by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi discourse of the Kashmir problem is revolving around resolution through dialogue.
Mr Bhat mentioned that Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has visited Kashmir thrice, once as head of the All Party Delegation which had invited all stake holders for talks. It is first time in the history of J&K that Chief Minister has personally written a letter inviting leaders of the Hurriyat Conference for talks.
Mr Bhat said though for their own reasons Hurriyat leaders have closed their doors on visiting MPs yet PDP and State Government continued to facilitating dialogue between Centre and stake holders of the State. He said that resolution of problems of J&K has been the fundamental principle of the PDP. He said that dialogue was the corner stone of the policies of the PDP and it was inducted into the Agenda of Alliance with the BJP as well.
Mr Bhat said that it was unfortunate that Tariq Sahib has chosen to label unfounded allegations despite the fact that he (Tariq Sahib) had strongly advocated alliance with BJP. He recalled said that it Tariq Sahib who had proposed name of Mehbooba Mufti as Leader of the Legislature Party and Chief Ministerial candidate which is a matter of record.
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