SRINAGAR, June 7: Reiterating demand for resumption of talks with all stakeholders, including Pakistan, former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed hope that the new dispensation at the Centre will use its massive mandate to usher in an era of peace in the State.
Meanwhile, he asserted that protecting the unity and integrity of Jammu and Kashmir was the primary goal of National Conference.
The NC president alleged the people friendly programmes and measures initiated by the Omar Abdullah led Government were outrightly put into a chasm by the former BJP-PDP Covernment and the BJP led Central Government.
“However, I am hopeful that the new dispensation at the Centre will heal the wounds of the people of the State in particular the people of the Valley. I am also hopeful that the Central Government will start meaningful dialogue with the neighbouring country. Such a measure will bring respite to the people living along the Line of Control (LoC) and International border (IB).
Dr Abdullah said the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan will help the people of our State to live a better life free of insecurity and tension. “I am hopeful that the new dispensation at the Centre will use its massive mandate to usher in an era of peace in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. We in our party will continue to impress upon the Central Government to engage with the neighbouring country. Internally too, Centre should initiate talks with all the stakeholders,” he added.
Dr Abdullah asserted that protecting the unity, integrity of State was the primary goal of the party besides materialising the idea of a welfare State as enshrined in Naya Kashmir document.
Addressing delegations and people who had come to greet him on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, he said: “The primary goal of the party is to protect the territorial integrity, identity, special status and the pluralistic visage of the State. The party has always rendered immense sacrifices for the protection of the interests of our State.
However, the situation we are facing today is far more perilous. Forces as have traditional been dead set against the special Constitutional position of the State are contriving there level best to obliterate Art 370, Art 35-A; however, our party will not allow any such gambit to materialise.
He said the party will continue to tread the path that was taken to by it in 1931. Our agenda is pretty clear and unambiguous; it is to work towards the socio, political and economic emancipation of the people of the State. Our vision of development is not impaired by the bug of fanaticism, bigotry and regionalism. We have traditionally worked for the every section of the society. We will continue to work with the same passion.”