Any attempt made through legal or administrative route to fiddle with J&K’s special status is fraught with dangerous consequences and will be unacceptable to the people of the state, former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said Wednesday.
Addressing PDP functionaries and workers of Anantnag and Pahalgam, Mehbooba, according to a statement issued here, stated that “while it is legitimate for the political parties like PDP to seek people’s trust and their representation, but it is not just for seeking power. The ultimate aim in Jammu and Kashmir has to be the permanent resolution of our problems which have cost the State very dearly for the last seven decades.”
She said that “mere change of governments or any attempt at disrupting the established political order will only push the State and the country into a deeper mess.”
“The consistent stance of the PDP has always been to get the state out of the political crises and address its external as well as internal dimensions. Whether in government or out of it, the party has remained at the forefront to pitch for dialogue and reconciliation between India and Pakistan and make peace an inseparable feature of the violence-infested state,” Mehbooba said, according to the statement.
The PDP president also cautioned that “any fiddling with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is fraught with dangerous consequences and has the tendency to turn the State into a veritable inferno. We strongly believe that the constitution of India has enough space to accommodate aspirations of Jammu and Kashmir but unfortunately the atmosphere is fouled by the attempts being made to fiddle with its special status and louse of mistrust has risen out of that.”