No harm in separatists` interaction with interlocutors: NC
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 00:56
Srinagar: Ruling National Conference on Tuesday said that separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, including Hurriyat Conference, should enter into talks with the interlocutors appointed by the Centre as "there is no harm in having a dialogue with them".

"Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatist leaders should hold talks with the Centre's interlocutors like they are doing with the envoys of foreign countries," senior NC leader and Lok Sabha MP Mehboob Beig said while addressing party workers in Anantnag town, 55 kms from here, in south Kashmir.

"Dialogue holds the key for an everlasting solution to the Kashmir issue...There is no harm in holding talks with the interlocutors as it will pave the way for resolution of the Kashmir issue," he said.

Expressing satisfaction over the role of interlocutors to complete their assigned task within the stipulated time frame, Beig said, "In such a job, having confidence and faith are essential".

He said his party has been working as a bridge to develop friendly ties between India and Pakistan and stressed the need for resolution of the Kashmir issue under peaceful atmosphere.

Reiterating the NC's stand that autonomy is the best solution to address the Kashmir issue, Beig said "there is no alternative to autonomy for addressing Kashmir issue. The Centre has to accept our demand for autonomy".

He said people of the Valley faced a lot of hardships over the past few months of unrest and though various agencies are bent upon disturbing peace in the Valley, the people are scuttling all such "enemy designs".

"There is a need for keeping a close watch on anti-people and anti-peace elements as nobody will be allowed to disturb the peaceful atmosphere," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 00:56

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