TRAL, June 25: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) today said the people of the State are the primary party to the issue of J&K, saying securing dignified and meaningful autonomy to the State will go a longway in cleaning cobwebs of distrust between New Delhi and the State.
Party general secretary, Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar while addressing series of worker’s conventions at Tral and Avantipura said that New Delhi has always been reluctant to accept the ground situation in Kashmir.
Sagar said “our party leadership has maintained that the issue of our State is political in nature that can only be solved through time bound and result oriented dialogue with all the stakeholders. Seeing the problem of Kashmir through the prism of security has failed to lead the successive governments at Center to a proper understanding of issues on ground. The condition in Kashmir cannot be improved by the use of excessive force; shutting one’s eyes to the issue won’t help either. The drawn out conflict has created vested interests in the State, trapping the Valley in an unending cycle of death and destruction. National Conference has always been a votary of dialogue between the Center and the varied stakeholders in the State.” He said, “our party has been demanding restoration of autonomy to the State as it existed before 1953. Our party has already got the recommendations of the State Autonomy Committee report passed by both the houses of Legislative Assembly with thumping majority. The autonomy resolution that was passed by the State legislature was shorn of communal and regional biases; it is the only pragmatic, feasible and legal document that satiates the demands of all the regions of the state. However if any better solution props up, our party is ready to accept it. Nonetheless, no solution that abridges the territorial integrity of the State or aims to annihilate its pluralistic ethos would by no means be acceptable to us. A solution if it has to be an enduring one, should afford a win-win situation for India and Pakistan,” he added.
Sagar while underscoring the significance of greater interaction between India and Pakistan said, “Our party has been a strong votary of Indo-Pak bonhomie since 1947. The vision of achieving development goals in South Asia cannot be achieved if both India and Pakistan continue to live in animosity,” he added.
Sagar while expressing dismay over the delay in conducting Assembly elections said, “the whole process of conducting assembly elections is being subjected to undue politicking which unfortunately is taking its toll on the development of the state. Having an elected government is the unassailable right of the people in a thriving democracy, but here right to make a choice is being denied to people.
Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing the worker’s conventions said that the State was plagued with dire development deficit and unaccountability. “Having a popularly elected Government is the basic and the absolute right of people. The need of the hour calls for having a democratically elected Government in the State. The challenges our State is facing need a strong willed Government to tackle with; it is the NC under the leadership of Omar Sahib that boasts a panacea for State’s problems.
Among others South zone president Dr. Bashir Veeri, Peer Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Mohi Ud Din Mir, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, Javaid Rahim Bhat, minority wing organizer Jagjeet Singh Azad also addressed the workers.