All-party meet proving landmark for JK: Bhat

Srinagar, May 22: Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing healthy developments, building a positive narrative that can help bring the state out of prolonged sufferings and political instability.
In a statement issued here vice-chairman Muslim Wakf Board and senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat said that pre-Ramadan All Party Conference convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is proving a landmark as both New Delhi and various political parties seem to agreeing to make a common cause for reducing violence and tensions through sustainable and harmonious efforts for peace and reconciliation.
Bhat said civil society also is in consonance with direct and indirect modes of engagement for this objective. Referring to National Conference patron Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s statement for unity, Bhat said this approach should augur well for the peace moves as this will help strike the common ground if pursued with consistency.
Bhat said Jammu and Kashmir has suffered from perpetual violence and divisive politics. “Society also is at the verge of fragmentation. The absence of any common ground between political and social groups is inflicting huge losses to our psyche, our institutions, culture, and heritage.”
“This is high time that conscientious and influential voices are synergized for a new narrative with a need for peace asserted as a common goal.”
He said unity for pursuing this common goal can throw multiple activities that will lead to the use of potential and resource for positive gains and will create a meaningful space for youth to be part of the common objectives seeking political stability and resolution of issues of concern on common consensus.
Bhat said PDP has borne the brunt of adverse circumstances and political and social distortions caused through violence. “But the party has not lost the track of being part of the common activity for peace and reconciliation.”
He said under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti, it has always desired and pursued the course of decency and respect for political dissent albeit for common good.
He said voices of peace and reconciliation need to be further strengthened so that dissent and conflict reduces to an ideal level, to pave way for following this common cause to be accomplished with collective wisdom and joint effort.
He said while this happens New Delhi and Islamabad also will be moulded to bow before the common will.