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PDP hails PM Modi’s Kashmir remarks, terms it a 'fresh healing touch'

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 09 Aug 2016, 19:02:11 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on Kashmir.

The PDP pointed out that PM Modi’s words were the beginning of a 'fresh healing touch' for the violence-hit Kashmir valley.

"It is a very welcome development having come as a climax to the outpouring of concern and solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir that was expressed
 throughout the country by different political parties. And in the Parliament debates it was reflected and now the Prime Minister channelizing it in his own inimitable style and speaking directly to the people of Kashmir," PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said.

"I think it is a very significant development and we welcome it. We feel that this is the beginning of a fresh healing touch for Kashmir," he added.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that only dialogue and development could  ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Every Indian loves Kashmir. The azaadi (freedom) that every Indian feels, Kashmir can feel too," PM Modi  said.

 PM Modi made these remarks while speaking at an event to commemorate the sacrifices of freedom fighters during the Quit India day at revolutionary Chandrashekhar Azad's village at Bhabra in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

The Prime Minister said he is pained to see young men pelting stones on security forces in the state.

"The boys, who should be holding laptops, bats and balls in their hands and dreams in their hearts, are ones carrying stones," he said.

Prime Minister Modi said Kashmir wants peace and the government is committed for development of the region.

"Whatever Kashmiris want for betterment of their livelihood, the Centre will help," he said.