Srinagar: Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah today expressed “grave concern” on the recent incidents of “intolerance” in the country, saying there was a need to defeat divisive forces who were inimical to the interests of the country in general and Jammu and Kashmir in particular. “There is a need to defeat divisive forces who are inimical to the interests of the country in general and the state of Jammu and Kashmir in particular. The recent incidents of intolerance are of grave concern to the party and the people of the state,” Abdullah said.
He said this while addressing the party’s working committee meeting at his residence here, which was also attended by his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah. The party also passed a series of resolutions maintaining that the Kashmir issue has both “internal as well as external” dimensions – which need to be addressed for sustained peace in the region.
“To address the external dimensions, the NC unanimously resolves the demand for restoration of a sustained and comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan without any further delay.
“To address the internal dimensions, the party resolves the demand for the opening of dialogue by the Central Government with all internal stakeholders, including the Separatist Leadership. Any proposed resolution of the Kashmir Issue shall be to the satisfaction of all stakeholders,” the party said in a statement.
The party said that the restoration of the state’s autonomy forms the bedrock of the party’s political agenda. “The party is committed to upholding the political dignity and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “While the party passed the Autonomy Resolution with two-thirds majority in 2000, we will continue to struggle for this goal in the future with vigour and sincerity of purpose,” the NC said.
It said while the party has put forth the restoration of autonomy as a viable and credible solution to the political issue, it welcomes the alternative methods of resolution that would be acceptable to the people of the state and address their political aspirations. The party said it is committed to uphold the ideals of pluralism and secularism and protecting the rights and liberties of people in all three regions of the state.
“The integrity of the state was non-negotiable and the party will defeat all sinister designs to create fissures between the regions of the state,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah highlighted the need for peace between India and Pakistan, saying mutual cooperation and peaceful co-existence between the two neighbours was imperative to the goals of development and prosperity in the sub-continent. The NC working committee expressed deep disappointment with the way the relief and rehabilitation of the last year’s flood victims had been handled.
“The Prime Minister had promised all support to the flood victims based on which the NC-Congress Government of the day projected a realistic demand of Rs 44,000 crores as a comprehensive Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Package. “International agencies have termed the 2014 Jammu and Kashmir floods as the most economically devastating natural disaster of 2014 in the entire world. In light of this, the paltry relief released by the Government of India is tantamount to rubbing salt in the gaping wounds of the flood victims,” the NC said.
The working committee of the party also discussed various organizational aspects and also deliberated on the current political scenario prevalent in the state.