Srinagar: National Conference on Monday called upon the government of India to start immediate engagement with the Hurriyat leadership and the Government of Pakistan instead of imposing curbs on media, mosques and madrassas as announced in an advisory by the government’s home ministry.
The party also said that army chief’s recent statement on handling protesters can prove detrimental for peace in Jammu & Kashmir.
At a meeting of the core group of the party chaired by Dr. Farooq Abdullah the party president, and it was attended among others by Omar Abdullah, Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Devender Singh Rana, Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Sakina Itoo, Javid Rana and Nasir Aslam Wani.
A key member of the core group on conditions of anonymity said, “all pressing issues concerning peace and stability in Jammu & Kashmir including the recent advisory of the central government’s home ministry on controlling media, mosques and madrasas were discussed at length.
“The leaders called upon the central government to immediately start engagement with Hurriyat leadership and the government of Pakistan and invoke some confidence building measures to heal the wounds of Kashmir particularly in South Kashmir where army, and police and paramilitaries are carry out raids on civilian populations and harassing the people at random as was done in early nineties,” he said. He also said that the core group members of the party voiced their serious concerns over the non seriousness of the central government to the proposal of Omar Abdullah led delegation to President, Prime Minister and Union Home Minister during last year’s unrest. KNS