Resolve Kashmir:NC to India-Pak

Party To Continue Its Campaign For Autonomy, AFSPA Revocation

Jammu, Dec 8: Overwhelmed by the results of Legislative Council (LC) polls, ruling National Conference (NC) Saturday resolved to “strengthen coalition with Congress”, while intensifying its campaign for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and grant of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. The party also called for sustained Indo-Pak dialogue for a lasting solution of the Kashmir issue.
A resolution adopted at the NC Working Committee meeting here today said that India and Pakistan must enter into a sustained dialogue to find permanent solution to the Kashmir imbroglio acceptable to all the stakeholders that can lead to lasting peace in the region. It said the restoration of autonomy continues to be the bedrock of the NC’s policy and agenda.
The meeting reiterated that the state government must continue its efforts with the Government of India for the revocation of AFSPA in a phased manner.
“The party advised that the state government should impress upon the Government of India to take up with the government of Pakistan the issue of streamlining of trade across the LoC where in barter system should be replaced by the system of cash transfer”, the resolution states adding that the state government should take up with the Union Government the issue of opening of Jammu-Sialkot road, Nowshera-Changer-Mirpur road, Kargil-Skardu road and Mendhar-Tattapani road.
The party further urged the government to ensure empowerment of Panchayat institutions by transferring adequate funds, honorarium and sitting fee to the Panchayat representatives, constitution of Panchayati Adalats and a comprehensive life insurance policy for the elected representatives as a means of social security.
Earlier addressing the meeting, NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah said the NC– Congress coalition has got strengthened by the recent polls and it should be the endeavor of both the parties to strengthen the bond further.
The working president of the National Conference and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while congratulating the winning candidates termed it as coalition’s victory. He said 2013 should be the year of consolidation and all efforts should be made to take proactive measures which will benefit the party and strengthen the coalition as well and address the aspirations of the people in a focused organized manner in the run-up to assembly elections.
Insiders said that though the NC Working Committee meeting remained ceremonious no major policy decision being taken, some of the leaders raised their voice over the non-representation to some regions of the state in the cabinet and also the “increasing influence of Congress in Jammu”.
The closed door meet, which lasted for more than an hour, was held not only to discuss the outcome of the recently held LC elections but also to discuss the future strategy of the party.
“The leaders appreciated working president Omar Abdullah for deciding to contest the elections in coalition but at the same time it was pointed out that NC shall not let its ground to be taken over by Congress, particularly in Jammu region”, a party leader said, on the condition of anonymity said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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