NC Joins Bandwagon: Asks India, Pak to Include Kashmiris in Talks

SRINAGAR: The National Conference today called for inclusion of Kashmir issue in the talks between Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh adding that all possible efforts should be made to resolve this “extremely complex” problem.

“It is encouraging to see the two countries talking to each other and continuing the process of dialogue. The party hopes that Kashmir will find mention in the talks as part of a comprehensive dialogue process and not as one of the subjects” National Conference Spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said in a statement.

“We hope India and Pakistan are able to move forward on resolution to this extremely complex issue and are hopeful that the meeting between the Interior Minister of Pakistan, Rehman Malik with his counterpart Mr. Shushil Kumar Shinde will be fruitful and definitely a step further towards peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir” Tanvir said.

“The dialogue is the only way forward. We are also hopeful that all the animosity between the two neighboring countries will end” he said

“We feel that the obstacles must be addressed. Cricket diplomacy is also a good step and a sign of improving relations between the two countries but the real diplomacy will be formed through trade, when people of both the countries will be benefited” said NC Spokesman

The NC Spokesman said that the recently held party’s Working Committee unanimously resolved that India and Pakistan must enter into a sustained dialogue and find a permanent solution to the Kashmir imbroglio which is acceptable to all the stake holders and can lead to a lasting peace in the region. He said that the resolution added that the restoration of the autonomy continues to be the bed rock of the National Conference’s policy and agenda.

Tanvir added that the working committee resolved that streamlining of trade across the LoC where in barter system should be replaced by the system of cash transfer.


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