Uri: The National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Sunday impressed on the governments of India and Pakistan to start a sustained dialogue process to resolve the lingering Kashmir issue.
According to the statement Abdullah while addressing a public gathering at Uri said that a day will come when the people of Jammu and Kashmir will breathe in a peaceful atmosphere. “We shouldn’t feel disheartened. The current situation is grave but we have witnessed even worst throughout the history. At one time in our history, people would not buy the idea that the autocratic rule will end. But a day came when democratic forces usurped the King’s throne with determination and struggle,” he said.
The NC president, the statement reads, asked the people to keep faith and follow the path which was shown by the Prophet of Islam. “In this hour of grief and uncertainty, we should not let anxiety and hopelessness overpower us. We should follow the teaching of the Prophet of Islam in our day to day lives. Hopelessness is a curse,” he said.
He said that the party had to face many challenges since the very day of its inception. “Our party was back-stabbed by many political turncoats, but history bears testimony to how they eventually faded on their own. National conference is a people’s party,” Farooq said.
“The state’s special status was infringed upon by the machinations of national political parties including Congress and BJP and that their attitude hasn’t changed,” the NC president said. “The current situation is no different. People should remain watchful of crafty politicians who are product of these machinations. Self-respect and dignity of our state should not be bartered for few pennies,” he said.
He urged the Government of India to restore Autonomy to J&K at an earliest. “Autonomy is the only way ahead to address the political and developmental deficit of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. It will secure the secular character of our state and strengthen bonds of amity and brotherhood,” he said.