‘Measure vital for dialogue, reconciliation’
Srinagar, Nov 29: Days after the separatist leadership in Kashmir demanded release of all political prisoners, ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to has begun pitching for the release of the political leadership from jails, terming such a measure imperative for dialogue and reconciliation.
“We welcome the government of India’s initiative of giving amnesty to the first time stone pelters. As the GoI has taken such a measure for political reasons to create a political atmosphere, it becomes necessary that the political leaders also are given freedom from jails so that the initiative taken to hold dialogue with the people of different ideologies becomes a reality,” PDP general secretary Nizam-ud-din Bhat said.
The PDP veteran added that release of the political leadership from jails is needed for the success of dialogue and reconciliation that could take the state out of crises and uncertainty.
Last week on Saturday, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had asked the government that if the authorities was serious to hold dialogue and there was a change of heart then they should release all the political prisoners without any further delay.
He had said that Hurriyat leadership was eager to play their role in promoting atmosphere of peace. He called upon New Delhi to realize that Kashmir needs to be resolved keeping in view “historic background.”
Meanwhile, the PDP general secretary says that his party has always been propagating the liberty of freedom for the exchange of ideas and has been striving that no innocent is harmed or harassed in Jammu and Kashmir. “The way the central government is supporting our government, we feel doubly empowered and would want it to release the political prisoners,” Bhat said. (KNS)