NC hails PM`s efforts towards improving relations with Pak

Asserting that the people of Kashmir are desirous of peace, ruling National Conference on Monday said the keen interest taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in improving relations with Pakistan is a "good omen".

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 17:23 PM IST

Srinagar: Asserting that the people of Kashmir are desirous of peace, ruling National Conference on Monday said the keen interest taken by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh in improving relations with Pakistan is a "good omen".

"We welcome the personal efforts of the Prime Minister to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan and improve relations between the two countries, which is a good omen,"
NC General Secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmad said during an interaction with party leaders here.

"Kashmiris are looking for peace and want to live a peaceful life. They (Kashmiris) have always stood against violence and believe in non-violence," Ahmad said.

Stressing on the party`s demand for autonomy to J&K, he said "NC will not compromise with the constitution of the state and the rights it guarantees to the people".

He said the NC has been demanding restoration of the constitutional position of the state under the Article 370 and will not surrender this demand.

"The Omar Abdullah-led government has chalked out a strategy for development of the state and to make the lives of the people prosperous," the NC leader said, adding "peace is a pre-requisite for achieving this goal".

Ahmad appealed to his party workers to strengthen NC and prepare for the upcoming Panchayat elections in the state.

"Our political existence is linked with this party and to get our rights, we have to remain united under its banner. NC has a duty to serve the people, whether in power or out of
it," he added.

PTI