Mirwaiz's Letter A Big Step Forward: Mufti

9 April 2014
Kashmir Times

Srinagar: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said a common approach was emerging to the resolution of Kashmir issue which could prove vital for the efforts for solution of Kashmir issue. Welcoming the initiative taken by the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to address the people of India in an open letter published in media, Mufti said it could prove a big step forward which has the potential of being the basis of a major political initiative. Mirwaiz in his letter, among other things, had appealed to the Indian people that 'along with your votes, give your elected leadership the task of resolving the Kashmir issue once and for all.' He had strongly advocated for a meaningful and result oriented initiative for tripartite talks for the resolution of Kashmir issue. In a brief chat with media here today on the occasion of PDP Lok Sabha candidate Tariq Hameed Qarra's filing of nomination papers, Mufti said his party endorses and supports the sentiment and the substance of the Mirwaiz's letter, which can prove to be a historic document if responded appropriately by the national level leadership. PDP patron said his party believes that peace and resolution process based on dialogue will have to be inclusive of all political formations, including the Hurriyat. 'Our manifesto states that involving Hurriyat will increase the legitimacy of the resolution process and widen its acceptability,' he said. The PDP patron said that he was very happy to see that the position of the Hurriyat and the proposals that have been made are very similar to that discussed in PDP's manifesto for the parliamentary elections that was released last month. The PDP manifesto, Mufti said, also states the same: 'All the political and economic initiatives have been led by the leadership at individual level; be it the P V Narasimha Rao's 'sky is the limit for autonomy', or Atal Behari Vajpayee's 'insaniyat kay dairay main' or Manmohan Singh's 'making borders irrelevant'. All these well-meaning initiatives need to be institutionalized for them to have an impact on the ground. 'Unless these approaches, which are broadly similar, get sanctified and authorized by the Parliament, there cannot be any headway as far as the resolution is concerned,' Mufti said and added that the PDP manifesto states that 'finding a resolution in J&K is not only the Government's responsibility.' Mufti said that PDP believes that the opposition and other political parties have an equal responsibility and stake in the well-being of J&K. Meanwhile, Tariq Hameed Qarra, the party's candidate for Srinagar parliamentary constituency filed his nomination papers before the returning officer in the afternoon. Besides Mufti he was accompanied by senior party leaders from the constituency including Qazi Mohammad Afzal, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Mohammad Ashraf Mir MLC, Mohammad Shafi Wani MLA, Saifudin Bhat, Ms Asiea Naqash, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Nisar Ahmad Mandoo, and Abdul Rouf Bhat.