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Peaceful struggle vital for restoration of rights: Mehbooba Mufti

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Says ‘violent means weaken our just and peaceful struggle’

Pulwama: Peoples Democratic Party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday called for an unrelenting peaceful struggle for the restoration of democratic and constitutional rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a convention of senior party workers of District Pulwama, Mufti said that people of Kashmir should not let despair decide their destiny but rather strengthen their resolve, unify their ranks and articulate their pain vociferously.

Referring to the youngsters taking to gun, she emphasized that “gun is no solution to any problem; we should always keep peaceful means as our lodestar and not lose sight of the fact that there are elements who wish to bracket us as violent and extremist so as to delegitimize our aspirations and our struggle.”

Pointing to how farmers have mobilized and successfully rallied the whole world behind their cause, she said that the discipline underpinning the farmers’ movement is something worth emulating.

“Apart from robbing us of our constitutional rights we have witnessed the loot of our resources and our economy being crushed. The horticulture sector, which forms the backbone of our economy, has not been spared either.  By allowing apple produce from Iran to flood the market and our own crop destroyed by supply of spurious pesticides, the nefarious designs are being implemented,” she said.

“This seems to be a part of the scripted scheme to pulverize our economy. The need is to stand up in unison and struggle for our rights, identity and the future of our coming generations,” she said.

According to a party press release, she thanked the party workers for their “unflinching support” and lauded their efforts that culminated in win for the party in the recently concluded DDC elections in the district.

“Pulwama is the heartbeat of PDP and your unwavering support is the source of personal strength to me. And my first visit to your district after being re-elected as the party president is a reaffirmation of my love for you,” she said.

Reaffirming that dialogue and reconciliation as envisioned by PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, is the only way to bring about peace and prosperity not only to the people of J&K but the whole of subcontinent, Mehbooba Mufti said that they she would continue to advocate dialogue between India and Pakistan no matter how disliked the idea be with some vested interests.

“We have always advocated dialogue and reconciliation. No matter what they said till yesterday, today we see them only emulating our roadmap as inevitable. The recent joint statement of DGMOs of Indo-Pak armies is a case in point. We want them to take this forward to the highest levels and also engage with the people of Jammu & Kashmir constructively, respecting their dignity,” she added.

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