PDP promises ‘Self Rule’ in manifesto

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Mehbooba MuftiPromising to remodel J&K’s political and economic structure, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said the party would pursue the Self-Rule framework for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and the issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir.

Releasing the party’s Manifesto for 2014 Assembly Polls christened “Aspirational Agenda” at a press conference in Srinagar today, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said, if her party comes to power, PDP would strive towards making Jammu and Kashmir politically empowered, economically self reliant, environmentally safe, socially cohesive and culturally vibrant.

Mehbooba said her party would use Article 370 to restore the original special status of the State as this special provision of the Constitution of India is required to empower the people of J&K and help deal with the issues of identity, borders and governance.

The PDP President said that her party would also work towards closer ties across the Line of Control, making borders irrelevant in J&K, reviving State’s traditional connectivity with the rest of the world, promoting economic and social integration of the region, creation of a regional Free Trade Area. Mehbooba said PDP would work for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA). She said the party would initiate tangible measures for reintegration and re-absorption of Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmiri milieu.

Tomorrow is the last date for withdrawal of nominations for the fourth phase of assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir (18 seats). Polling to take place on 14th of next month.

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