PDP vows to protect Article 35-A, J&K’s special status
Srinagar, Sep 09: Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Sunday reiterated that the founding principles of her party have been resolution of Jammu & Kashmir and ensuring durable peace in South Asia by ensuring Indo-Pak friendship and amity.
Speaking at a workers meeting in Kangan today, Mehbooba Mufti, according to a party press release, said ever-since its formation, PDP has been striving hard for realising these objectives with all seriousness.
“When our party formed government in 2002 with Congress we laid out a schematic plan for attainment of these basic goals and bringing succour to common masses in the state. Every citizen of the state can vouch that measures, unheard of in the past, were taken which gave people enough confidence to think that things started moving on the vexed issues,” she claimed.
Though that momentum, the PDP president added, lost its pace after 2008, but the party continued with its basic agenda and with people’s approval when PDP came to power again in 2015 it made its alliance partner to commit on the issues of the state through an ‘Agenda of Alliance’, a document “which got recognition at the national level”.
She claimed that even while sharing power with BJP, her party continued to push for its “core agenda” like protection of Article 370, dialogue with all stakeholders in the state and resumption of peace process between India and Pakistan, besides securing highest-ever economic package for the state.
Referring to Article 35-A, the PDP president said her party is committed for its preservation and every sacrifice would be made to protect it.
“During my government, I made every effort from engaging top-notch lawyers to raising political awareness in the country and the state about the need for protection of Article 35-A and in future also whatever would be required me and my party would do for protecting the special status of the state”, she said in her address.
The workers meeting was also addressed by senior leaders Abdul Haq Khan and Dr. Mehboob Beig, the press release said.