Reach out to J&K people to end alienation: Mehbooba to Centre

Jammu, Mar 5 - Peoples Democratic Party President and Member of Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti today said that the effective development and good governance in Jammu and Kashmir is possible only in an environment of peace and stability which necessitates decisive confidence building measures to be taken by the political leadership in New Delhi.

''Peace and stability is possible only when we revive, with firm resolve and with tangible confidence building measures, the process of reconciliation and engagement in and around Jammu and Kashmir,'' she said, while addressing a gathering of PDP workers at Vijaypur in district Samba after launching party's membership drive.

Ms. Mufti said J&K has huge stakes in peace and stability in the region, as people in both Kashmir and Jammu regions have to suffer enormous human and economic losses because of the hostility.

''While people living along the borders in Jammu region suffer and live under the constant threat of cross-border shelling, the people in Kashmir valley are suffering because of the continued internal strife and recurrent violence,'' she said and added that peace along the borders in Jammu region and within the mainland in Kashmir is key to development and progress as had happened between 2002 and 2005.

''There was not only peace along the borders from Kathua to Kargil, during that golden era, but the situation in Kashmir valley had also started turning for good after witnessing a long gloomy era of death and destruction," said the PDP chief.

Ms. Mehbooba said the Kashmir issue should not be seen through the security prism alone and the country needs to invest in J&K's peace and own and acknowledge the pain and sufferings of its people.

She said that the genuine political, economic and security concerns of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is an issue which goes beyond power politics and requires a decisive political will at various levels.

She however, urged the party cadres to reach out to the people with the PDP's agenda of peace and development and carry the membership drive to every nook and corner of the State.

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