Srinagar: The National Conference on Tuesday expressed serious concern over rising diplomatic tension and hostility between New Delhi and Islamabad. The party reiterated its stand that there is no alternative to meaningful and sustained engagement between the two countries.
National Conference state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the leadership of both countries owe to the suffering, tormented people of J&K to engage with each other with sincerity and a sense of responsibility.
“Aggression – whether military, diplomatic or rhetorical – will not yield any favourable results for either country. Neither will it curb the menace of terrorism nor will it magically normalise the situation in Kashmir. There are outstanding, unresolved issues between New Delhi and Islamabad – primarily the issue of Kashmir – and regional peace will be hard to achieve and sustain unless these issues are resolved”, the NC spokesperson said in a statement.
“There is way too much at stake here for this reductionist, regressive and jingoist narrative to be peddled as some form of patriotism and nationalism. While both India and Pakistan will benefit greatly from sustainable peace, the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be the primary beneficiaries of peace and mutual cooperation between the two countries. The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has always advocated sustained and all-weather diplomatic engagement between New Delhi and Islamabad and we will continue to reiterate that demand – especially in times of heightened tension and shrill rhetoric”, the NC spokesperson added.