Srinagar: National Conference said on Monday that it will take a stand against the government of India for its casual approach in handling Kashmir and not offering dialogue to “arrest a growing alienation in the valley”.
The party held a meeting of its Core Group, which was chaired by NC patron Farooq Abdullah at his Gupkar residence.
The meeting discussed army chief Bipin Rawat’s recent remarks and ministry of home affairs recommendations on controlling mosques and media besides the situation in Kashmir.
It was learnt the members including former chief minister Omar Abdullah stressed on resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan and also with all shades of opinion including Hurriyat Conference.
“The PDP is talking about peace but does not press for initiating confidence-building measures. Instead, army chief’s remarks and MHA proposal will vitiate atmosphere and result into turmoil,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told Kashmir Reader.
The members, he said, stressed on adopting a political approach in finding a solution to Kashmir issue.
“We met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the outcome is nil. We insisted government of India should hold dialogue with political parties including Hurriyat Conference and youth,” he added.
He said the members expressed grave concern about the army chief’s remarks and the home affairs proposal of controlling masjids, media and madrassas.
A senior leader pleading anonymity said the members raised the issue that the current lull should not be construed as normalcy.
“It was clearly felt the government of India is not serious on the issue. The recent statement of Farooq Abdullah admitting boys are sacrificing their lives for freedom was in that perspective,” he said adding, “it was not meant to promote militancy but to show how youth are feeling alienated”.
Later, in a statement issued the party said the Core Group took stock of the prevailing situation in the state and recorded its dismay and disappointment towards the way in which the situation is being allowed to worsen.
“The absence of any visible governance on the ground coupled with the absence of any political leadership on the part of the government is adding to the already worrying situation. The failure of the central government to recognize the problem in Jammu and Kashmir as a political problem is a matter of great concern,” it said.
The spokesperson said Kashmir should be considered as political problem instead of law and order problem.
“Arrests, threats of use of force, unchecked use of pellet guns are all adding to the atmosphere of fear and anger and the central government should immediately correct,” it added.