SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday welcomed renewed engagement between India and Pakistan saying the end of hostilities between the two nations will have a major impact on the furtherance of peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, Party Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar Said that the thaw in the Indo-Pakistan relations is bound to have a positive impact on the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have for long bore maximum brunt of escalation of tensions on LoC and IB between the two neighbors.
He said that the alternating flair-up on the borders used to incur huge losses on the people living alongside the borders and with the renewed Indo-Pak engagement they will be able to have a sigh of relief.
Imran said the peace process is quite significant for the region which has been the main victim of hostilities. “The fresh diplomatic outreach will have a positive impact in the entire region which has all long suffered due to the animosity between the two neighboring countries. With the opening of a new chapter in the beleaguered relations of the two countries, the dislocated populations from the border areas have started moving back to their homes. Our party has all along been the strong votary of peace and camaraderie between the two neighbors. The fresh diplomatic outreach between the two countries should follow more Jammu and Kashmir centric CBMs including resumption of cross-LoC trade and doing away with the present barter system,” he said.
While referring to the parleys between India and Pakistan on the Indus Water Treaty, Imran said all impending issues plaguing the relations between the two neighboring countries should be solved amicably and in an objective manner for the greater good of the region. “The IWT talks are being held after a gap of over two years as part of the annual Permanent Indus Commission meeting. We look forward to such more bilateral meets; such small steps may together set the stage for bolder measures towards a lasting peace. We in our party hope that the respective populations will benefit from the steps taken by the neighboring countries,” he said.