National Conference reacts cautiously to Modi’s outreach for peace

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016,17:03 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Srinagar | National Conference, the main opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir, today reacted cautiously to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apparent willingness to hold dialogue to end the over a month long strife in the valley, saying it would wait for action and mere words were not enough.

The NC Working President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah merely tweeted finally, after Modi spoke about the crisis in the Kashmir Valley which has led to over 55 deaths so far, a party spokesman said, Kashmiris have been fed with words for long and we only hope that the words now get translated into action and the unrest is brought to an end through a process of dialogue. While we welcome the statement of the Prime Minister on Kashmir today, it should have come much earlier, the spokesman said.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking at Bhabhra in Madhya Pradesh, today reached out to people of the restive Kashmir and indicated willingness to hold dialogue in the spirit of of ‘insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat’, enunciated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Valley has been on the boil for over a month now following the killing a Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.