NC Is Ready To Drop Autonomy Demand: Farooq

12 January 2009
The Times of India

Srinagar: National Conference patron and former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah on Monday said his party is ready to drop its autonomy demand provided a solution, acceptable to the state's people, is found. 'We believe autonomy is the only solution but if there is a better solution acceptable to the people, the party will be first to endorse it,' he said. Farooq maintained the issue could be solved only when 'Kashmiris' voice is heard'. 'If a lasting solution is to be found, then talks should be held with all groups without which the whole exercise is futile,' he said. He said a solution is unthinkable without Hurriyat's participation.