Srinagar: Ruling National Conference in
Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday advocated early implementation of
recommendations of working groups set up by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and improvement of ties between India and
Pakistan for establishing peace in the state.
"The time is ripe for implementation of
recommendations of the working groups on Kashmir especially
the Justice Sagir (committee) report," General Secretary of
the National Conference Sheikh Nazir Ahmad said in a statement
He said Justice Sagir`s report on autonomy to the
state is appropriate and timely. "Delaying the recommendations
of the working groups is harmful," he said.
Appealing to India and Pakistan to resume the
composite dialogue for resolution of all outstanding issues
including Kashmir, he said, "The friendly relation between New
Delhi and Islamabad is imperative for everlasting peace in the
region and also holds the key to resolving Kashmir issue."
"We appeal to the leadership of India and Pakistan to
improve their relations by fruitful dialogue for peace in the
sub-continent... bitter ties between the two countries has a
direct impact on the people of Kashmir," he said.
Criticising the policy of right-wing parties, Ahmad
said, "BJP and its like-minded parties should be aware that
the state was not merged with India.
"As per the document of accession executed by
Maharajah Hari Singh, the state acceded to the dominion of
India on condition and as a consequence of this conditional
accession, Article 370 of the constitution was incorporated to
grant special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir," he
He said the state has its own flag and constitution
and does not believe in the politics of hatred.
"The state is playing its role with sincerity for
maintaining integrity of the country and ensure its
Lauding Omar Abdullah-led coaltion government in the
state, Ahmad said the government has taken the state to new
heights of development.