Dialogue will lead to long-term strategic partnership between India, Pakistan: Mufti

 PDP will achieve its goals on political, developmental fronts: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 19:-  Describing resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan as a gigantic step forward, Chief Minister and PDP Patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Saturday, called for a long-term strategic partnership between the two neighbouring countries so that the people bear fruit of peace and tranquillity in the region.

He also announced framing of a Political Affairs’ Committee within PDP to give a new direction to the agenda of the party, in tune with the aspirations and wishes of the people. “Our responsibility is to sustain the trust and confidence that people continue to repose in us,” he said, while chairing a high-level meeting attended by the party top brass, here today.

Member Parliament and PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti, co-chaired the nearly four-hour-long brainstorming session, which was called to obtain firsthand feedback on the functioning of the government.

All Ministers, Legislators, senior leaders, contesting candidates, office-bearers from the entire state, District Presidents and General Secretaries of the party attended the meeting.

Speaking at the end, Mufti Sayeed said he had called the meeting to deliberate and discuss various issues and opinions face-to-face and to devise a strategy to strengthen the party. He said it was important to obtain feedback to make a reality check vis-a-vis performance of the government.

Welcoming the breakthrough on holding of Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue between India and Pakistan, the PDP Patron hoped both the countries will clear the decks for carrying forward the process of reconciliation. “There is a paradigm shift in New Delhi’s policy towards Islamabad. Now that both the countries have shown great maturity to re-engage, it has generated hope and expectation among the people of Jammu & Kashmir, who have for long yearned for peace and stability in the region,” he said, while invoking his slogan of Na Bandook Se Na Goli Se Baat Banegi Boli Se.

Referring to some of the milestones achieved on Indo-Pak front during his earlier tenure as Chief Minister in 2002, Mufti Sayeed said people of J&K are direct beneficiaries of friendly and peaceful relations between the two neighbours. “I have always maintained that dialogue is an evolutionary process in which results are not achieved in a single day,” he added.

Mufti Sayeed also reviewed functioning of various departments headed by Ministers which included A. R. Veeri, Javed Mustafa Mir, Abdul Haq Khan, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Ch. Zulfkar, Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Ghulam Nabi Lone (Hanjoora), Imran Raza Ansari and Naeem Akhtar.

The Chief Minister praised his party cadres for supporting him through thick and thin and reposing faith in his leadership. “Whatever I am today is because of my party workers,” he stated.

Asserting her commitment to achieve party’s goals on political and development fronts, Mehbooba Mufti, in her address termed PDP’s stand on all issues as clear and unambiguous. She said the recent thaw in relations between India and Pakistan, broadening of the cross-LoC trade and travel and gelling of the three regions of the state together were positive outcomes of the concerted efforts of PDP to bring permanent stability in the region.

Referring to the economic package announced by the Centre for J&K, the PDP President said the real challenge before the government lay in spending the funds judiciously so that its benefits percolate to the people at the ground level. She said the government has done an excellent job in announcing new schemes like Ladli Beti and AASRA, which can bring huge relief and change the destiny of especially weaker sections of the society.

Mehbooba also underscored the need to focus on the component of employment entrenched in several social sector schemes so that the rich pool of talented human resource is gainfully employed. She also called for taking party workers on board in making people aware about the pro-people initiatives taken by the government. “The Ministers should meet delegations headed by District Presidents once a month so that their genuine concerns are addressed in a time-bound manner,” she advised.

On putting the state firmly towards the path of development, PDP President cited several instances where the Union government has extended wholehearted support in core sectors linked to connectivity, healthcare, education and rural development. She also referred to her meetings with several Union Ministers, who, she said genuinely want to extend full cooperation to the State government.

Earlier, PDP General Secretary, Nizam-ud-din Bhat, in his brief introductory remarks, spoke on various issues of importance and highlighted other matters which are under the consideration of the party.

The issues raised by the members included strengthening of power distribution system, giving wide publicity to new government schemes and creating job opportunities for  unemployed educated youth.

Those who spoke on the occasion included senior party leaders including Rafi Ahmad Mir, Peer Mansoor, Ch. Qamar Din, Saif-ud-din Bhat, Firdous Tak, Zaffar Manhas, Surinder Chaudhary, Shamim Dar, Raja Aijaz Ali, Rafiq Ahmad Khan and Mehboob Iqbal.

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