MANDI: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday reiterated the need for Indo-Pak dialogue, saying the Line of Control (LoC) should be converted into Line of Peace and Goodwill to enable unhindered people to people exchange and trade between divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Sooner the two nations appreciate the ground realities better it would be for bringing thaw in the relations and ending hostilities of all sorts,” Farooq said while addressing a public rally at Mandi, close to the Line of Control, in Poonch, adding the wars in the past seven decades have not changed the reality of Line of Control. He said the border hostilities were detrimental for both India and Pakistan and any full-fledged conflict will lead to devastation and destruction in the region.
He said conversion of LoC into Line of Peace will benefit people living along the borders on both sides who have been braving the brunt of hostilities. He referred to the unimaginable sufferings caused to border dwellers due to dislocation from their homes and hearths in the wake of shelling and cross LoC firing, stating that unfortunately this has become a routine since the past few years.
Referring to obtaining situation across the state, the National Conference chief urged the Government of India (GoI) to resolve the issues which are essentially political in nature and try to win over the alienated hearts and minds by shunning the policy of creating divisions. He said the claims that demonetisation had put an end to stone pelting in the Valley have fallen flat as the youth were now taking to guns.
“The situation therefore cannot be allowed to drift anymore,” he said and called for earnest initiatives to reach out to the people. He cautioned the GoI against taking the people of Jammu and Kashmir for granted and ignoring their legitimate aspirations.
He exhorted the people to guard against attempts of dividing them on the basis of religion and maintain time tested unity to foil all these machinations.