SRINAGAR: National Conference on Wednesday said New Delhi and Islamabad should engage in talks to deescalate the situation of hostility and war-mongering and genuinely embark on a comprehensive political process to resolve all outstanding issues.
National Conference chief spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said the situation in Kashmir cannot be ignored and relegated to the back-burner by engaging in jingoism and war-mongering.
“The attack on Jawans in Uri is extremely saddening and condemnable. There are powers in both countries that are opposed to mutual cooperation and peace and we have always observed how these entities leave no stone unturned to create such situations of hostility at the most crucial junctures,” he said in a statement issued here from the party’s headquarters.
“It is situations like these which make the need for dialogue even more pertinent and urgent. There is no alternative to dialogue. War-mongering is not patriotism. The age of wars and conquests is long over.”
The NC chief spokesperson also asked various national media channels to desist from adding more “venom” to the atmosphere.
“Our media channels should not resort to chest-thumping and war-mongering in a race for TRPs. This hysteria will not achieve anything and will only remove our focus from resolving outstanding issues including the political issue in Kashmir. The costs of prolonging these conflicts and issues are huge and it is time we realize the difference between jingoism and patriotism,” he said.
“We appeal for restraint and an exhibition of maturity and statesmanship from both sides,” he said.
The NC spokesperson also lashed out at PDP for not fulfilling its promise of bringing New Delhi and Islamabad closer towards mutual cooperation and dialogue on outstanding issues.