Kashmir issue result of wrongs of pre-independence leaders: Sofi
6 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Saying that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are paying the price for the wrongs committed by the leaders of pre-independence India, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF) Ghulam Mohi-ud-Sofi has maintained that the Kashmir issue was the creation of leaders from Pakistan and India who first of all created such a situation that led to the tragic partition and later blew up the issue merely to run their political shops in their respective countries. Mr. Sofi was addressing PDF’s first ever district convention at Kathua, 90 Hundreds of PDF workers participated in the convention. The convention was also attended by the Revenue Minister and PDF spokesman Hakim Mohammad Yasin, vice Chairmen Molvi Abdul Rashid and Babu Singh, Chief Whip Dr. Manohar Lal and Executive members, Raman Mattoo, Th. Puran Singh and other senior members of the party. Mr. Sofi said that three wars have been fought on Kashmir bearing big scare on the people on J&K, as it is they who have bore the burnt of these wars. He said Kashmir issue is among one of a greatest tragedies of 20th century and it needs a solution based on justice, humanity and fair play. He stressed upon the leaders of the sub- continent to work for peace and added that there is a great change in the international scenario. He said efforts have been made in the past to ensure that consensus does not evolve among people of the three regions for peace and prosperity of the state. He clarified that PDF will work for equitable and balanced development of all the regions of the state. Referring to the grave problem of unemployment, Mr Sofi said that the coalition Government of whom PDF is a partner has not been able to provide jobs to thousands of unemployed youth of the state due to certain constraints. He, however, said that it is our moral duty to provide job opportunities to youth in private sector or through self-employment scheme. Highlighting the agenda of the party, Revenue Minister and PDF spokesman Hakim Mohammad Yasin said the party is for open interaction with the masses to evolve a dynamic democratic process for attaining lasting peace in the state. He said PDF is not a stereotype political party, who keep on changing their strategies according to their convenience. Making a dig on various parties active in J&K State, he said these resort to cheap gimmicks to get political mileage unmindful of the fact that this will only result in chaos and confusion. Giving a resume of the programme initiated by the coalition government for dealing with unemployment problem, Minister of State for Industries and Commerce and PDF leader, Raman Mattoo called upon the youth to participate in cooperative movement launched under DRIP scheme in Kathua district. Others who spoke at the convention include Mr. Babu Singh, Molvi Abdul Rashid, Dr. Manohar Lal, Th. Puran Singh and other senior workers of PDF. Earlier, prominent political persons of District Kathua joined PDF. These include Ch. Karan Singh, District President Nationalist Congres Party also Sarpanch of Khokkyal and Ch. Balbir Singh Gandotra.