Solution to Kashmir issue only through democratic means: Mufti

10 May 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Asserting that his party will continue to work with democratic and progressive forces in the country, Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the ultimate resolution of Kashmir issue lies in political and democratic means. 'If there is one lesson that has evidently come through in the last 20 years of turmoil is that the ultimate resolution of Kashmir lies in the political and democratic means,' Sayeed said addressing a series of public meetings in Bandipora and Baramulla Assembly segments of the Baramulla-Kupwara Parliamentary constituency. He said the PDP would continue to work hand-in-hand with the progressive and democratic forces in the country and the region to facilitate peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Sayeed asked the PDP cadres to prepare for a bigger and important role in the Kashmir resolution process. 'PDP has not only put the Kashmir issue in a specific and rational political and economic context, but has also laid strong foundations for its peaceful resolution in the emerging scenario of the regional and global political realities,' he said. The PDP patron said any solution to the Kashmir issue would be focused around the party's self-rule agenda which not only addresses the internal and external dimensions of the problem, but its political and economic aspects as well. Asserting that PDP stands for political power for the common good and not for a selected privileged few, Sayeed called upon the State's young population to play a greater and more vibrant role in the political decision-making. Addressing the meeting, senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig said PDP has contributed a great deal towards creating conducive environment in the sub-continent, particularly within the State, for a realistic and just resolution of the Kashmir issue. 'The party, after putting Kashmir resolution on the Government agenda, will not only continue but even escalate and expand its endeavours to mobilize public opinion for undertaking greater confidence building measures to reach a substantial solution of the problem,' he said.