Indo-Pak dialogue only way to resolve Kashmir issue: NC

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Friday said the result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan “is the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue”.

In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-E-Subah, here, NC Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir “is not a consequence of lack of development rather the issue is political in nature.”

“The issue has held hostage the development of the subcontinent. Our party has all along maintained that the dialogue between the two nations offers a way out,” he said.

Kamal said, “The issue of J&K has been lingering since 1947. How long shall our people suffer? No sooner did we impress for a political solution than we are outright tainted anti-national. This has to stop. The government has to see what holds right for the greater good of the country and the subcontinent at large.

“The BJP led government at the centre is using Kashmir to leverage its poll prospects elsewhere in the country, which is bound to have serious ramifications for the country’s unity and integrity.

“During its stint in power, the BJP has only amplified the hate against minorities particularly Muslims. This is not the idea of India which was visualized by the founders of a modern day India nation-state; they visualized a secular, progressive country shorn of all prejudices and hate.

“PM Modi has not a speck of affection for the minorities. The other day when a Hindu police officer lost his life while saving a Muslim man from the mob frenzy of communalists, PM Modi didn’t come up with a word of homage and accolade for the slain police officer.”

Kamal while flaying PM Modi for “creating a humanitarian crisis in Kashmir” by banning civilian traffic on the national highway two days a week, said, “There was a marked difference in the security scenario of the state. However, what good was accomplished in the state suffered a setback during the reign of former BJP-PDP led coalition government.

“People still remember how painstakingly Dr. Farooq Abdullah led government made government of India under the then BJP-led NDA to have parleys with militants and other sections of the society. However, what good was achieved in successive NC led governments in terms of peace and rapprochement was put into a chasm by BJP and PDP (sic),” he said.

He said the state suffered substantial attacks on its special status during the stint of former BJP-PDP coalition government. “The GST bill we have been resisting was implanted by her only. The new tax regime has affected hoteliers, taxi drivers, craftsmen, and other marginal traders,” he said.

He said, “There has been steep increase in the price of cooking gas cylinders; poor families find it very difficult to refill the cylinders. How can PDP protect our special status when it was the same party that destroyed the financial autonomy of our state?” he asked.