Dialogue holds key to lasting peace in J&K: NC

National Conference General Secretary, Ali Muhammed Sagar, Thursday urged the Centre to open up channels of dialogue with all the stakeholders for resolving internal and external dimensions of Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio, saying it is imperative for lasting peace.

“Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem and it has to be resolved politically,” Sagar said while addressing workers and functionaries at a day-long convention here.

Hoping that a meaningful dialogue will be initiated earnestly, he said the urges and aspiration of the people are to be respected, which includes respecting the special status of the state as well.

“Jammu and Kashmir should not be treated as any other state, given its unique position in the Indian Constitution. Any attempt of diluting this status will be detrimental to national interest,” he cautioned.

“The people of all the three regions and faiths are genuinely concerned at the attempts being made to generate regional divide and engineer communal polarization for ulterior political motives,” he claimed.

Additional General Secretary, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal, said, “Instead of respecting the sentiments of the people by undoing the wrongs committed over the decades, attempts are being made to further alienate the people.”

Addressing the convention, Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana, reiterated the principle stand of National Conference to uphold the pluralistic and secular ethos of the state.

“People of Jammu and Kashmir have kept the flag of amity and brotherhood aloft during most testing times and will do so in the future as well,” Rana said.

District President Doda Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Provincial President Youth National Conference Ajaz Jan, Mehboob Iqbal, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Dr Shahid Rehman Moghul, Abdul Qayoom Bhagwan, Choudhary Shabir Ganie, Rafiq Ahmed Shah, Irshad Laway, Ashraf Kelu, Showkat Malik, Arif Najar and Ayub Najar, among others also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, State Secretary of National Conference, Surjeet Singh Slathia, claimed that National Conference alone can steer Jammu and Kashmir to peace and prosperity.

Addressing Sarpanchs and Panchs at Bari Brahmana, Slathia said that political uncertainty during the past over four years has pushed the state backwards. “The people are now realizing the need for a strong and stable government that can take care of the state’s multiple problems. The recent nightmarish era has exposed the politics of deceit and opportunism that gave nothing but miseries to the people,” he claimed.