Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Srinagar, Feb 8 (Only Kashmir) : Describing Kashmir as a ''festering sore'', Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said the party would organise rallies in the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu on February 14 for an early solution to the issue.
''The Kashmir issue will not go away through brute force or repression... we will continue to press for an early solution to the festering sore and as part of the party programme rallies are planned at Srinagar and Jammu on February 14,'' PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told newspersons.
She was addressing a meeting of senior party leaders, legislators and district and zonal presidents specially convened to review the party's course of action for a permanent resolution of Kashmir issue. ''The people of the state had suffered for decades on account of political instability that had affected its economy, human resource development and left deep scars of pain on almost every family,'' she said.
''The people had in a historic transition, rejected violence after 2002 and given a chance to democracy with the hope that their land will be retrieved from turmoil, she said and regretted that the Union government had failed on doing so.
''This resulted in more frustration and caused major disturbances during previous three summers. But the government instead of reading the message clearly mistook the yearning for peace and peaceful resolution as a sign of fatigue and defeat landing an entire generation in a vortex of repression,'' she maintained.
The PDP president said after peaceful demonstrations in summers that resulted in large scale disruption and death it was hoped that the Centre would initiate meaningful measures for a permanent resolution.
''But instead of doing that only the security measures have been further tightened without providing any relief to the common man or even taking any action on its own eight point program,'' she alleged.
Ms Mufti regretted that Jammu and Kashmir was fast turning into a complete ''police state'' in which the only way of contacting the people was through brute force, arrests and torture.
''The belief of the PDP is that a permanent solution to Kashmir issue alone would rid the place of an almost institutionalised denial of civil liberties,'' Ms Mufti said and declared that the party would continue its peaceful campaign by utilising fully the democratic space.
Regretting the undemocratic attitude of the government and its agencies, she said it was not a matter of pride for a democracy like ours that an entire population should officially be advised to stay put in their homes after sunset to escape death. ''Instead of reducing the presence of security forces the state is witnessing an all time increase in their numbers and establishment of camps,'' she said.


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