PDP keeping close watch on Govt: Mufti13 March 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Former Chief Minister and PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said though power horse's bridle was in the hands of young Chief Minister Omar Abdullah yet his party still keeps the key with it and continuously keeping close watch on all the developments in the State. Addressing a large public rally at Parade Ground here today, the PDP stalwart while sending a louder signal to the ruling National Conference camp said that his party was still keeping the key with it despite the fact that bridle of the J&K's power horse was in the hands of NC leader Omar Abdullah. 'We are minutely observing all the developments and keeping close watch on the happenings here. We know that this horse is moving very slow and not performing up to the satisfaction of the people of this State. But we are still watching and observing things. When the limit will be over, his party will definitely come out for the appropriate move. People will not spare anybody and ballot power would prove greater. It must be understood by the people who have forgotten to deliver and to do justice to their own people', Mufti maintained. Launching scathing attack on the coalition Government, Mufti Sayeed said Omar-led regime has proved to be part of problem and not the facilitator while the PDP Government acted as facilitator between the Centre and the Pakistan to initiate dialogue process and restore peace in the Jammu and Kashmir. He said PDP-Congress regime created congenial atmosphere in the State, contained militancy and bloodshed and also helped promoting confidence building measures. The PDP Government provided justice to the people of all the three regions and there was no complaint at all from the people of any region. Advocating for involving Hurriyat leaders in the dialogue process, Mufti said permanent and lasting peace is never possible till the people from all the sections and all stake holders are involved in the process. Participation of people from Ladakh, Jammu, Kashmir, parts of Pak occupied Kashmir and Pakistan is must. While expressing gratitude to former NDA Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for taking lead in starting peace initiative and dialogue with Pakistan, Mufti said Dr Manmohan Singh took it ahead. Recalling remarks of Dr Singh, the PDP leader advocated for making borders more irrelevant and allowing cross LoC trade and opening of more routes between J&K and PoK so that people could move freely. He said some more CBMs are needed to be taken by the Central Government. Raising the bogey of 'Self Rule' formula of his party, Mufti said that Article 356 should not be made applicable in J&K and Governor should be from J&K State and he should be elected. Let he or she be from Jammu, Ladakh or Kashmir or in rotational manner but should be a State subject. He regretted the decision of Union Government to handover three main rivers of J&K, Chenab, Jhelum and Indus through Indus Water Treaty and causing massive loss to the J&K State. He said the J&K should be compensated. The State has the capacity to generate revenue of over Rs 50,000 crore annually if the State is allowed to use its own water resources and generate hydel power without any binding by Pakistan. Mufti said the draconian laws and AFSPA and Disturbed Area Act should be immediately revoked and forces withdrawn from the civilian areas. 'The PM should hold round table conference by involving all stake holders including separatists to make the process meaningful', he said and added that no group could afford to skip the dialogue process if the four conditions would be fulfilled before extending any invitation. He said addressing genuine concern of the people of J&K and restoring their democratic rights are must for developing ground for dialogue process. Mufti said that the sense of uncertainty and fear that has gripped the people of the State for the last two years should be removed and all the political prisoners and innocent youth should be released. Advising NC led coalition not to mislead the people on bringing back the Kashmiri youth from PoK, Mufti said, 'you are talking about the rehabilitation of those youth who have gone across but what about those who are sitting on dharnas, demanding jobs, and many forced to leave the State and seek petty employment after fearing torture from forces here. Omar should stop showing green pastures to the innocent people', Mufti maintained. The PDP stalwart also took the BJP to task for demanding abrogation of Article 370 and said when it was in power NC was its coalition partner then why BJP had not raised that demand during five years rule. He said people are aware of rigging by NC in 1987 and its mis-governance from 1996 to 2002. The present regime has been brazenly following misdeeds of previous NC regime. He pointed out that NC continued to thrive on uncertainty. Mufti criticized the State Government for the remarks of a top police officer that he will take care and will not allow to happen anything in coming summer'. 'We feel pity for the young Chief Minister that he is so scared. Officer should focus on his prime job rather than making immature statements', he added. Party president Mehbooba Mufti while complimenting the leaders of her party from Jammu region for managing a large crowd here, said that people used to say here that land was not barren for the PDP but it has been proved today that Jammu land was infact very fertile for the Party. While stressing for the peace in the region, Ms Mufti said that more routes between Jammu-Sialkot, Nowshera-Mirpur and Kargil- Skardu should be opened and people on both the sides be allowed to move freely. She pointed out that education, water, electricity, healthcare, unemployment are the major issues which are needed to be addressed. Hollow slogans would not help in any way. Problems of the people from all the regions, districts and sub-divisions are common. She said it is not fair to rehabilitate stone pelters from certain area through party agents, youth from all the regions be given fair treatment in this regard. Former Dy Chief Minister and senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that accession of J&K with the Union of India was accepted and signed by the then Maharaja Hari Singh. It was supported by the then NC leadership. It was very clear on four points, currency, defence, foreign affairs and communication. All other subjects were kept under his domain by the Maharaja who had initially decided to remain independent and not to go with any country. But NC leadership at that time hatched conspiracy against Maharaja and after meeting Pt Nehru and Sardar Patel, ousted the Maharaja and sent him to exile. The problems started from there only. Maharaja made way for Sheikh Abdullah to become J&K Prime Minister. He alleged that NC is mainly responsible for the turmoil in the State. It is the party which gave birth to bloodshed here and over one lakh innocents have been killed so far. He said Union of India should compensate J&K for suffering loss on account of Indus Water Treaty. He alleged that Omar Government failed to deliver. Corruption has gone high and for each job rates have been fixed. Only those related to or closers to Ministers are getting jobs while deserving youth are being ignored. Several other leaders including T S Bajwa, S Rangil Singh, Th Balbir Singh, Zulfiqar Ali, Murtaza Khan,Ved Mahajan, Sayed Asgar Ali, Nizamuddin Khatana, Sartaj Madni, Nizamudin Bhat, A R Veeri, Shanti Devi, Falail Singh and others also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the police resorted to mild lathicharge on the PDP workers when huge crowd broke the security check gates and damaged the apparatus. Due to poor checking and slow movement, huge crowd was generated at the gates. This irked the people. They turned violent and shouted on the securitymen. Later, the senior police officers and PDP leaders rushed and controlled the situation. The programme was disrupted for about 15 minutes.