October 2003 News

Honourable Solution To Kashmir Dispute Sought

4 October 2003
The Pakistan Tribune

Jammu: People's Democratic Forum has urged both India and Pakistan hold bilateral dialogue to find an honourable solution to vexed Kashmir issue which should be acceptable to the people all the three regions of the state for ensuring lasting peace in the sub-continent that has witnessed three major conflicts on this issue ion the past half a century . Talking to Kashmir Times here this afternoon, Forest Minister Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sofi, who is also the chairman of the PDF said that his constituent and its members in the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed led coalition government are making all out efforts to come up to the aspirations of the people. He said that the people of the state had voted out corrupt Farooq Abdullah led government and were nursing high expectations from the new regime . Addressing a rally of his supporters in Gandhi Nagar here this afternoon soon after their arrival from Srinagar Sofi made a formal announcement of launching the PDF as a political party. He said that the decision to this effect had already been taken by all the members of the PDF. He said that this new front has been launched keeping in view the disenchantment of the people with traditional political parties and now people want to choose their own representatives and not to vote those nominated by the parties . Revenue Minister Hakim Mohammed Yasin was presided over the function organized in connection with the first anniversary of the PDF where Minister of state for Forests Puran Singh, Minister of state for Industries Raman Mattoo, Minister of state for Agriculture Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Kathua MLA Babu Singh and Banihal MLA Moulvi Abdul Rashid were the special guests. All of them addressed the gathering before attending other engagements in Jammu city . Sofi observed that the Kashmir problem was the result of wrongdoings of the political leadership in both Indian and Pakistan in 1947. He said that now the problem has become so complex and serious that a sense of insecurity has been created in whole of the state. He stressed on the need of mutual dialogue between India and Pakistan for finding a lasting solution to this issue . Hakim Mohammed Yasin exhorted the people of all the three regions to work unitedly for restoration of peace and normalcy in the state. He lauded the role of the people of Jammu for offering refuge and accommodation the displaced people from Kashmir particularly the Kashmiri Pandit migrants and this was the basis of formulation of the policy of 'healing touch' . He called upon both India and Pakistan to find a lasting solution to the problem of Kashmir through mutual dialogue process. He also reiterated inclusion of the elected representatives in the dialogue process for restoration of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir . On this occasion several leaders from different political parties joined PDF. Tej Ram Dogra, Ashok Bhagat and Narender Sharma were the prominent leaders who joined PDF in Jammu today . Sofi told KTNS that PDF is having 11 MLAs and after thorough discussions this constituent of the coalition government has been given the shape of a political party. He said that PDF would soon seek registration with the Election Commission of India. He said that on the basis of its strength, PDF would be asking for more share in the coalition ministry but would continue to support the Mufti-led government . Sofi said that the PDF was earlier limited to floor management in Legislative Assembly alone but had been launched as political party to have a better understanding of the problems of the people so that viable solution could be found . From now on, Sofi said, the PDF will be organizing its own political rallies in the state. Sofi said that all other legislators sharing views of the PDF would be welcomed to join his party .


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