JAMMU: The National Conference has said that this is the right time for the Government of India to consider autonomy resolution passed by the State Legislature and this will be a “serious and meaningful” effort by the Centre to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment that solution to Kashmir problem can be found by embracing Kashmir and not with bullets or abuses.
On second and last day of its Working Committee meeting in Srinagar, chaired by party president, Dr Farooq Abdullah, the National Conference adopted five resolutions.
One of the resolutions of the NC WC said: “The National Conference reiterates its stand and commitment to defend and protect Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution of India. The protection and defence of these constitution provisions and restoration of autonomy in J&K is the bedrock of National Conference’s policy and political agenda. This is essential to protect the distinct identity of the State and its people. We believe this is the right time for Government of India to consider the autonomy resolution passed by the State Legislature. This will be a serious and meaningful effort by the Government of India to convert the Independence Day commitment of the Prime Minister that neither bullets nor abuse is the way forward and it is by embracing Kashmiris that the solution to the Kashmir problem will be found”.
Through another resolution, the National Conference said it stands for unity, integrity and special status of Jammu and Kashmir and will continue to strive to defend its secular character.
“We further resolve that National Conference will continue to work in this direction and vehemently defeat the nefarious designs of the forces who are hell- bent on weakening the secular credentials of the State,” it added.
Describing calling off the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan scheduled for this week in New York City as “extremely unfortunate”, the National Conference Working Committee unanimously resolved that India and Pakistan must restart a sustained and uninterrupted dialogue process to find a solution to all disputes including the Kashmir problem.
“We are of the firm opinion that continuation of the dialogue between two countries is the only way available to settle all disputes between two countries and is also in the larger interest of people of the sub-continent,” another party resolution said.
Asserting that after 2014, there has been a marked and worrisome deterioration in the security scenario across the State, the NC
The party vice president Omar Abdullah, Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, general secretary, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Devender Singh Rana and senior leaders including special invitees from all corners of the State were present in the meeting.