National Conference demands `greater autonomy` to J&K

Ruling National Conference on Saturday sought "greater autonomy" to Jammu and Kashmir after Opposition PDP said it will continue to press for its demand of "self rule" to the state.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 00:08 AM IST

Jammu: Ruling National Conference on Saturday
sought "greater autonomy" to Jammu and Kashmir after
Opposition PDP said it will continue to press for its demand
of "self rule" to the state.

"National Conference firmly stands on its autonomy
demand and welcomes the initiatives taken by the union
government by constituting interlocutors to interact with all
shades of opinion in the state," NC patron and Union Minister
for New & Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said today after
the party`s Central Working Committee meeting here.
"We are for the interaction of the interlocutors with
the separatists so that their view point is also registered,"
Abdullah said as he expressed hope that the recommendations of
the interlocutors would be presented in the Parliament soon
for discussion.

Earlier during the day, Opposition PDP in its one-day
working committee meeting said the party will continue to work
towards "self-rule", which will be the "guiding vision" for
the solution to Kashmir issue.

On demands to revoke AFSPA in the state, Abdullah said
"the decision on revocation will have to be recommended as per
the security situation that exists in the state".

"I think Unified Command Meeting (UCM) under the
chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is looking into
this. I am sure when they finalise, it will go," he said,
adding that at some places where situation has improved
bunkers of security forces have been removed.

"Like Srinagar and Budgam and many areas, where we
feel security situation have improved, this can easily be
removed. If you remove Disturbed Area Act, that (AFSPA) does
not exist," he said.
The union minister said NC`s CWC decided to support
"genuine candidates" in the panchayat elections and to help in
creating effective Panchayati Raj system in the state.

He said NC will continue its work to strengthen
democratic institutions and will bring accountability and
transparency in the governance.

PTI