Srinagar: PDP, the main opposition party in
J and K, today welcomed the fresh initiative unveiled by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to address the unrest in Kashmir
hoping it will be a "critical step" forward to usher in
lasting peace in the valley.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, whose party has stayed
away from the all party delegation from Jammu and Kashmir
that met the Prime Minister, said Singh has tried to reach out
to the people though she appeared to suggest that his effort
has come late.
Mehbooba said the PDP has always maintained that the
Prime Minister has to intervene because he has the credibility
in the state, noting he has invested a lot in the peace
As far as economic packages are concerned, Mehbooba said
they can be only fruitful if you have a peaceful environment. She said any package should address the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
Political package must be a priority, she said, adding that her party would be a part of any serious initiative.
She also said while reaching out was okay, somebody had to be held accountable for the death of 51 civilians in the Valley.
Her father, however, had different views. "The Prime Minister`s statement (at the meeting with an
all-party delegation from the state) is a joke with the people
of Kashmir", PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohd
Sayeed described as a "futile exercise" the meeting the
PM had with the delegation alleging "nothing will come out of
The BJP dimissed Singh`s peace missive as having a "one
day value" in terms of announcement while the main opposition
party PDP hoped it is taken to a "logical conclusion" to usher
in lasting peace in the valley.