NC seeks sustained dialogue with Pakistan, Hurriyet leaders

Srinagar, July 24, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, National Conference, today, asked Narendra Modi government to initiate a sustained dialogue with Pakistan as well as Hurriyet leaders in Kashmir to evolve a consensus for a mutually acceptable solution to the political dispute over Kashmir.

The party also said it would be a travesty to treat the current uprising in the Valley as a mere law and order problem.

This was conveyed to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in Srinagar since yesterday to review the situation, by a delegation of National Conference (NC), led by former puppet Chief Minister and its working President Omar Abdullah.In a memorandum to the Home Minister, the NC expressed deep disappointment at the India’s failure to recognise the problem in Kashmir “as a political problem which requires political engagement both internally and externally.”

While it was “palpable and shocking” to see the continued failure of the local authorities in dealing with the situation, “it would be a travesty to simplify the current unrest in the Valley as a pure law and order issue,” the party said.

It said the tried and tested formulations of New Delhi in dealing with political sentiment in Kashmir “operatively and militarily”, rather than “thinking out of the box”, has further exasperated the situation and created an unprecedented sense of disaffection and cynicism especially among the youth that could have adverse long-term implications.

The delegation hoped that New Delhi would consider the consequences of refusing to acknowledge the political sentiment in Kashmir and take immediate steps to initiate a sustained political dialogue with Pakistan and internal dialogue with stakeholders and a cross-section of leadership in the Valley.

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