PDP-BJP spat over dialogue
Disappointed over its ally’s stand of not holding dialogue with Hurriyat leaders and Pakistan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president, Mohammad Sartaj Madni said closing the doors of reconciliation and understanding on political issues undermines the process of peace.
Madni said that several unwarranted postures had contributed to trust deficit and alienation at various levels and this has led to confrontation and acrimony.
He said that the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) of the PDP-BJP government, had created a hope that the coalition government would reach out to everyone, including the separatists and Pakistan.
Recalling the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s rule of 2002 to 2005, Madni said that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with support of Vajpayee had shown a way forward for the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue.
“The move was appreciated, there was mutual co-operation and understanding. This led to a remarkable phase of development, political stability and peace in the state. The relations between India and Pakistan also marked a shift from animosity to bonhomie.”
“It was in this backdrop that PDP trusted the Centre. Hopes of peace and political process further revived Prime Minister Narender Modi surprised everyone by visiting Pakistan. Unfortunately, some provocative incidents hampered this course. But this course, alone can lead to a resolution of the issue.”
Madni said that the atmosphere of confrontation will bring miseries to the people of the state. He called upon the BJP leaders to draw a leaf from Vajpayee era and strengthen the process of mutual reconciliation and dialogue. He said, “History is replete with lessons that no one turns benefits from war and confrontation and no one should be allowed to undermine the importance of dialogue.”