NC to promote Pakistan, India talks culture: Farooq

Srinagar—National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said New Delhi and Islamabad should actively work towards opening additional trade and travel routes along the Line of Control.
Speaking at a function organized to welcome Shabir Ahmed Mir into National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah said there was no alternative to Indo-Pak friendship and cooperation and that terrorism was a common threat to both countries.
“National Conference will remain committed to the goal of encouraging New Delhi and Islamabad to engage in sustained talks and work towards the resolution of all outstanding issues between the two neighbours. We have always maintained that Kashmir is a political issue that needs a political solution and we will continue to strive for the restoration of sustained peace in the State. National Conference has always chosen sacrifices over power and we will continue to uphold our ideals and values,” Farooq added.
NC Working President Omar Abdullah was also present on the occasion to welcome the new entrants to the party. Others who joined the party on this occasion include Kaiser Jalali, grandson of veteran Kashmiri leader Aga Syed Jalali and Master Maqbool Ahmed, former District President Budgam for the Congress Party, a party statement said this afternoon.
Demanding the opening of additional trade and travel routes across the Line of Control (LoC), Dr Farooq Abdullah said an increased people-to-people contact would be the greatest weapon to defeat terror and those who believed in exploiting sentiments for violence. “Time has come to open the Jammu-Sialkot route for travel and trade. The Kargil-Skardu route should be thrown open and efforts should be made to open every possible route along the Line of Control to connect people on the two sides.—KW

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