Don't wreck Vajpayee's initiative in J&K, Mufti to BJP
Jammu: Terming BJP's stand on Kashmir as
"negative", PDP on Saturday said it was sad the main opposition was
trying to "destroy" national consensus on resolution of the
issue initiated by none other than party patriarch and former
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
"Kashmir problem cannot be wished away and the first
realisation of this fact was articulated by none other than
the former Prime Minister (Vajpayee), who had initiated a
process of resolution through dialogue and reconciliation,"
PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said in a statement.
Accusing BJP of reviving its hardline attitude on
Jammu and Kashmir, he said, "It was unfortunate that the
claimants to Vajpayee's legacy were now trying to wreck any
chances of the success of his initiative."
Sayeed said the campaign launched by the BJP in the
state had the potential of degenerating into a divisive
discourse that would be the last thing that people of Jammu
and Kashmir ever needed.
"It is, therefore, necessary that leaders like L K
Advani raise the debate on Kashmir to a dignified political
levels and use their prestige and stature for onward movement
in the resolution effort", the PDP lerader saidd.
He asked the BJP and other NDA constituents to urge
the government to come out of its "cosmetic" exercises on
Kashmir, resume dialogue with separatists, stop excesses
against people and reduce their miseries.
In a resolution passed at a meeting of BJP's central
leaders here recently, the party had blamed Nehru's
"erroneous" vision for the problems plaguing Jammu and
Kashmir, suggesting scrapping of Article 370 and withdrawal of
the special status to the state.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley had
told reporters after the meeting that the "weak policies" of
the Centre had made separatists think their hope was a