Srinagar: Opposition Peoples` Democratic
Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday called for establishment
of a joint council for all parts of Jammu and Kashmir
including those across the Line of Control (LoC), saying it
was necessary to pursue joint projects for a prosperous
"If representatives of the two parts of the state can
meet as they have been for many years now in different
countries and cities of the world to discuss their mutual
affairs, why should the establishment of a permanent
institution in the shape of a joint council be seen as
unrealistic," Mehbooba said addressing a party workers meet in
Handwara area of Kupwara district.
"If we have to get over the bitter past, there was no
alternative to lifting the siege around Jammu and Kashmir and
allowing the state to interact with the Pakistan-administered
part through a creative agenda of trade, development and joint
projects in sectors like power, tourism and environment," she
PDP was pursuing a campaign for opening of routes linking
the state across the LoC right into China, Iran and Central
Asia, she said.
Mehbooba claimed the ruling National Conference had
failed to contribute to the emerging political scenario in the
state and had instead adopted a stance unfavourable to
democratic functioning and competition.
"It is unfortunate that the state`s oldest party has lost
its political moorings and exposed itself completely among the
people as a party that only was interested in power at any
cost," she claimed.