PDP celebrates its 18th Foundation Day
SRINAGAR : Terming the Party’s Basic Declaration a guiding principle to turn around things in Jammu & Kashmir, PDP President and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today appealed all shades of political opinion to join hands in finding a lasting and amicable solution to the problems and difficulties facing the people of the State.
Addressing a mammoth gathering on the 18th Foundation Day of the Party here today, Mehbooba Mufti appealed the leadership of opposition National Conference, Congress, BJP and others to join her in addressing the issues confronting the State and mitigating the pain of its residents. “I appeal Farooq(Abdullah) sahib, Azad sahib, other leaders, BPJ and other parties, let us join together in finding solution to the problems of the State”, she said in her passionate appeal adding that whosoever gets hit on either side of the fence belongs to the State.
The Chief Minister strongly pitched for expanding the ambit of cross LoC travel and trade. She suggested regular tours across the dividing line by students, professionals and other groups to know each other better. This, she said, would not only promote more people to people contacts but also lower the intensity of acrimony on the two sides of the divide.
Advocating identifying more areas of common interest on the two sides of LoC in the State, Mehbooba Mufti suggested sectors like tourism, disaster management, water resources, energy where joint efforts would yield more tangible results for the two people. She said the State’s Legislative Assembly has some seats reserved for residents of people on the other side of the State which, once filled, would help in minimizing their misperceptions about the State.
Seeking to expand the ambit of trading activity across the LoC in the State, the Chief Minister suggested adoption of an insulating mechanism as is in place at Wagha-Attari trade point to check any trading malpractice. “Let us replicate the safety parameters put in place at Wagah (trade point) at the trading points on the LoC. If any malpractice takes place at Wagah, you don’t stop the trade”, she said in her address while pleading for opening of more historic routes in Jammu & Kashmir along the LoC.
Earlier in his address, senior leader and MP, Muzaffar Hussain Baig said the workers of the Party have given great sacrifices for getting Party’s agenda popularised and accepted in the State and outside. He said the Basic Declaration of the Party holds key to all the problems and difficulties of the people of the State.
Vice President, Muhammad Sartaj Madni in his speech detailed the struggles and achievements of the Party during the 18 years of its existence.
Chief Spokesperson, Dr. Mehboob Beig also addressed the gathering. Members of council of Ministers; General Secretaries; members of the Party’s Political Affairs Committee; District President and Zonal Presidents and people in large numbers were present.