Srinagar: The US diplomats on Thursday called on National Conference leader Tanvir Sadiq here and discussed interests of mutual interest, the spokesperson said.
“In an hour long meeting, Tanvir said that India and Pakistan have squandered many chances to resolve the Kashmir issue, but there are still opportunities,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“Any solution cannot be driven by the barrel of the gun. Good sense has to prevail and an era of peace and prosperity has to begin,” said Tanvir.
Tanvir while interacting with the visiting delegation, said, “As soon as the new government comes into place in Delhi, both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs to such an extent that there is hardly an iota of suspicion. Many lives have been lost and it is time that both understand there is serious urgency in resorting to both Track-II diplomacy and direct engagement” adding, “people of Jammu and Kashmir have been disenfranchised by not holding the Assembly election on time but hoped that now Lok Sabha polls are due to conclude, we can only hope that Centre with the EC gives people of Jammu and Kashmir an elected government which is their right.”
On the issue of special status, Tanvir said, “It is the Constitution which gives special status to the state and allows it a ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ and Wazir-e-Azam – posts equivalent to the president and the prime minister. It is the constitution which talks about J&K’s map, its flag and J&K’s own constitution. And according to that constitution, we have our own prime minister and Sadr-e-Riyasat.”
Tanvir while underscoring efforts made by party for the restoration of autonomy, said, “We passed the autonomy resolution in 2000 by the 2/3rd majority of the state legislature and it remains the only valid report for the resolution of the Kashmir issue till date.”
Tanvir said that party want the restoration of the terms of accession, including the restoration of internal autonomy, on the basis of which Jammu and Kashmir became part of India.