PDP assures self rule to end Kashmir dispute

PDP assures self rule to end Kashmir dispute

After the first phase of Assembly elections are over in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday released its manifesto which promises to pursue “self rule” as framework for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Releasing the manifesto christened “Aspirational Agenda” at a press conference here, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said her party would also work towards closer ties across the Line of Control, making borders irrelevant in J&K, reviving the 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 and Common Economic Market as enshrined in the party’s “self rule” framework. “If the PDP comes to power, we will strive towards making J&K politically empowered, economically self reliant, environmentally safe, socially cohesive and culturally vibrant,” she said.

The PDP will use Article 370 to restore the original special status of the state as this special provision of the Constitution is required to empower the people of J&K and help deal with the issues of identity, borders and governance, she added.

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