Mufti Congratulates Modi, Hopes He'll Resolve K-issue

18 May 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today praised Narendra Modi and hoped that the new central government would address the Kashmir issue. 'Narendra Modi has got the political and electoral legitimacy to head the new government as the prime minister. We must all respect this legitimacy that has been accorded to him by the people of the country,' Mufti said in a statement issued to thank people days after the PDP swept all three seats from the Valley. 'We congratulate Modi and his party on their outstanding victory. We hope his developmental agenda is intensive and his political agenda is inclusive. That is what is needed and expected of him in his new role,' he added. Mufti hoped that the new Central government, under the leadership of Modi, would take tangible measures to address the causes of 'alienation and trust deficit in Kashmir and work towards finding long-lasting solution of the problem plaguing the region for the past more than six decades'. He also appreciated the role of the Election Commission 'for ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections in Jammu & Kashmir with the endorsement of the Central Government led by Manmohan Singh'. Batting for friendship and a cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan as envisioned in the PDP's self-rule document, Mufti said: 'The state can't remain aloof from the massive economic progress taking place in the country. I assure my people that the PDP will work towards accomplishing its unfinished agenda of securing dignified peace, lasting stability and inclusive prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.' Stating that he was humbled by the overwhelming endorsement of the PDP's political and economic agenda by the state's young population, he said the time had come for the youth to fully assert themselves to become active partners in the political decision-making processes. He said the results of the Lok Sabha polls had made it amply clear that the people of the state were coming together with their powerful voice and expressed their will in the unambiguous verdict. Asserting that J&K was on the threshold of a momentous transformation and it needed a caring government, Mufti reiterated the party's resolve to work hand in hand with the progressive and democratic forces in the country and the region to facilitate a dignified resolution of the Kashmir issue and the issues confronting the state. 'I visualise a space of dignity, opportunity and prosperity for my people in the paradigm of friendship and cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan as envisioned in PDP's self-rule document,' Mufti added.