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NC urges Centre to initiate dialogue for Kashmir solution

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Srinagar, Oct 22: The National Conference (NC) Monday asked the Centre to "see the writing on the wall" and initiate a time-bound inclusive political process, saying the solution to Kashmir lies only in dialogue.

"NC is of firm belief that the solution to Kashmir lies only in dialogue. We will make every possible effort to get the state out of the morass of uncertainty and chaos," NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said after meeting senior party functionaries at the NC headquarters here.

Seven civilians were killed Sunday in a blast at an encounter site in Laroo village in Kulgam district, after the gunfight with government forces in which three militants were killed, had ended.

On the death of civilians in Kulgam, the NC leader said, "What happened in Kulgam has shaken us to the core and I am sure all the right-thinking people in the country have certainly expressed regret over the barbaric killing of seven youth there."

Sagar, according to a party press release issued here said New Delhi has been "serving catchphrases and slogans as conciliation" but the current situation demands sincere conciliatory process.

"New Delhi is irresolute about the gravity of situation and if the current phenomenon of uncertainty persists, it can morph in a much dire situation," he warned.

Expressing anguish over the loss of lives, Sagar said civilians come in line of fire everyday and add to the severity of the situation.

"I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the mayhem that was unleashed at Kulgam the other day. I also pray to almighty for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. In this hour of grief, our party stands in unison with the distressed families," he said.

The NC general secretary said it was expected that the incumbent administration would embalm the people and lessen their woes by making amends to whatever bad was done in the former PDP-BJP coalition government.

"The iron fist strategy won't yield anything. It will push (the) already agitated youth to wall. Central government should view writing on the wall and initiate a time-bound inclusive political process," he said.

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