'Jammu Declaration' key to forging regional, religious unity in J&K: Rana

Exuding confidence that the ‘Jammu Declaration’ would lead to a better understanding of inter-regional and intra-religious aspirations between the people of Kashmir and Jammu, National Conference (NC) Provincial President Devender Singh Rana Monday said that this would eventually boost the harmonious growth of the society and strengthen J&K and thereby the country.

“Based on the spirit of promoting inclusiveness and isolating divisive tendencies, the Jammu Declaration has captured the imagination of the forward-looking people who yearn for securing lives of generations and creating an atmosphere conducive to peace, progress and prosperity of the regions and sub-regions of J&K,” a statement of NC issued here quoted Rana as saying while addressing a group of youth on their joining the party.

He said that intra-regional and inter-region broad-based dialogue holds key to building confidence among the people and eschewing the tendencies of mistrust, which was alien to composite ethos of this part of the country.

“Need for such a proposition is all the more important to preserve and sustain the idea of India in general and the idea of J&K in particular, known for unity in diversity,” Rana said.

He expressed hoped that the people of the Jammu region would take a lead by rising above party politics and work towards further forging the bonds of amity and regional unity.

“This will ultimately lead to faster growth, progress and equitable development of all the regions and the sub-regions with no room for any section to nurture the feeling of discrimination,” Rana said in the statement.