NC aims to serve as a bridge between India-Pakistan

25 May 2008

Srinagar: National Conference (NC), the main opposition in Jammu and Kashmir, today said its basic objective was to play the role of a bridge between India and Pakistan for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue. 'Our basic aim is to play the role of a bridge between India and Pakistan to strengthen friendship between the two countries so that the long standing Kashmir issue is resolved through peaceful dialogue', NC patron Farooq Abdullah said addressing a public meeting at Bijbehara in Anantnag district. Pointing out that the key to resolution of Kashmir issue lies in everlasting friendship between India and Pakistan, he said his party desired to see the people of the two countries including Kashmiris live a peaceful life. The former J&K Chief Minister appealed to India and Pakistan to forget the past bitterness and unite to usher in peace and prosperity in the sub-continent. In a scathing attack on the ruling Congress-PDP combine in the state, he said over the past five and a half years, crores of rupees were given by the Centre for the development of the state but nothing was visible on the ground. Noting that the people of the state were in no mood to be taken in by all the rhetoric resorted to by people in power, Abdullah said PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's troops withdrawal, self-rule and dual currency tactics had proved ineffective. 'The rulers cannot mislead the people for long as they stand exposed. People understand that Congress and PDP are the two faces of the same coin and they have played a key role in taking away the constitutional rights of the state', he said.