Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir`s ruling
National Conference today asked the Congress-NC coalition
government to firmly deal with destablizing forces and to
consider release of all political detenues in order to build
an atmosphere conducive to peace and reconciliation.
"It was resolved that the government should deal with the
forces of destablisation firmly and simultaneously build the
confidence of the majority of law-abiding citizens who do not
want their day-to-day lives to be disrupted by these forces",
NC President Farooq Abdullah told reporters after a seven-hour
meeting of Central Working Committee of the party here.
He said the Working Committee, the highest
decision-making body of the party, also asked the government
to consider releasing all political detenus.
The meeting of the Working Committee came in the backdrop
of separatist-sponsored violence and killing of 18 youths in
parts of the Kashmir Valley in the last one month.
Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Abdullah said
Kashmir is primarily a political problem and needs to be
resolved through peaceful political means.
To a question about the Centre`s offer of talks to
separatists, Abdullah, who is a Union Minister, said "the PM
has kept his doors open ... for talks. It is for them
(separatists) to respond".
"The only way to bring normalcy and permanent peace to
the state and the sub-continent is to restore autonomy in its
pristine form as guaranteed in the Indian Constitution",
However, he said NC has reiterated its stand that "if a
better solution than autonomy is forthcoming, the party will
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, his cabinet colleagues from
NC Abdul Rahim Rather, A M Sagar, Qamar Ali Akhoon and Nasir
Aslam Wani besides general secretary of the party Sheikh Nazir
Ahmad attended the meeting.