Vice-chairman of Muslim Wakf Board and senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat on Wednesday said that All Party Meet convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has proved to be landmark development.
“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 in a statement.
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,” he said. “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.”
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.