The central working committee of National Conference has reiterated that AFSPA should be lifted in a phased manner from various parts of the state beginning from the areas where militancy has been substantially reduced and the security apparatus is being handled by the state police and the paramilitary forces. And the issues pertaining to the PoK Refugees of 1947 and those refugees of 1965 and 1971 should be addressed as per the law and the constitution of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The two-day central working committee meeting chaired by President Dr Farooq Abdullah concluded its deliberations here today. The working committee has expressed full faith and confidence in the leadership of Omar Abdullah.
The meeting was attended by the working president of the party Omar Abdullah and all the members of the central working committee. The committee has passed some resolutions which they will be adopting soon included the revocation of AFSPA.
As per a statement the working committee has resolved that the J&K National Conference which was committed to equitable development of all the regions of the state in consonance with the aspirations of the people, shall always remain committed to the integrity of the state and shall continue to strive to protect and preserve the secular democratic pluralistic fabric of the state. The party further resolved that it shall continue its fight against communal and divisive forces. They also resolved that in the interest of sustainable peace in the region a sustained and meaningful Indo-Pakistan dialogue must proceed without any impediments and that the CBM’s should be further consolidated and strengthened.
The Working Committee also resolved that the internal dimensions of the Kashmir issue should also be addressed through a process of dialogue with all shades of opinion which stands stalled at the moment. While discussing the situation post Afzal Guru’s hanging, committee has noted that the potentially explosive situation that emerged in Kashmir after hanging was handled effectively by the Chief Minister by taking necessary measures to curb violence and disruption of peace.
The Working Committee also expressed its deep anguish over the denial of the opportunity to the family of Afzal Guru of meeting him before his execution and demanded the return of his mortal remains to the bereaved family. The Working Committee also expressed its deep gratitude to the people of the state for maintaining peace and communal harmony during most difficult days post Afzal Guru’s hanging.
After discussing the various aspects of the poll alliance with the Indian National Congress for the forthcoming parliamentary and assembly elections, the Working Committee resolved to take a decision on the issue at an appropriate time. They also expressed the party’s commitment in ensuring the return and rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits with honour and dignity in the valley and to take all necessary measures to create a conducive environment for their return.
While reviewing the functioning and achievements of the Omar Abdullah led coalition government since 2009, the Working Committee has appreciated the initiatives taken by the state government under Omar Abdullah’s leadership to accelerate the process of development in all the regions of the state and for providing transparent and accountable governance to the people. The Working Committee resolved that the restoration of Autonomy continues to be the bed rock of the National Conference’s policy and agenda and the party shall continue to strive for the honour, dignity and self respect of the people of the state.