Srinagar, Jul 28: Expressing confidence that an honourable solution to the Kashmir issue is in sight, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the confidence building measures announced by foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were "not a mere step but a stride".
Addressing party workers on the 12th foundation day of PDP, Sayeed said he clearly saw light at the end of the tunnel and an end to the miseries of people."Kashmir solution looks clearly in sight," he said.
Sayeed said though there was an obvious progress on the external front, it was unfortunate that for some quarters Kashmir was only a local law and order problem.The PDP patron was referring to the statement of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in which he congratulated the J-K government for "controlling stone pelting".
Maintaining that Kashmir is a political problem, Sayeed said it was unfortunate that the Home Minister did not refer to the governance crisis in the state.Sayeed also expressed concern that many senior politicians and youth were still behind bars for keeping out trouble from the streets.
"We will resist keeping people in jail as democracy is a battle of ideas and a level field has to be provided to all people," he added. PTI