Srinagar, December 2
National Conference on Friday said Party Working President Omar Abdullah’s statement condemning provocative posturing leading to hostility between India and Pakistan was an accurate reflection on how jingoism and war-mongering had brought the two neighbors to the brink of an all-out war. National Conference State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said growing hostility on the LoC and IB was being furthered for political dividends and the costs were being borne by the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is imperative that on Ministers speak with restraint and responsibility and understand the costs of aggression and war-mongering, especially for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. One-liners and chest-thumping defies the basic interests of the people of the entire region and while war-mongering might serve political dividends for certain political parties in the short term, the long-term implications are adverse and would affect the pursuit of peace and prosperity”, the NC Spokesperson said in a statement issued from Party Headquarters on Friday.
The NC Spokesperson lauded Mr. Omar Abdullah’s assertions and said opposing war-mongering was the need of the hour and the party didn’t require any certificates from BJP or its leaders who are invested in using hostility and chaos as political tactics. “Sitting in TV studios and giving platitudes about ‘befitting replies’ and military pro-activeness is not a virtue of the statesman and amounts to little beyond shadow-boxing in the name of nationalism. War-mongering is a trait of those who want to hide under the fig-leaf of patriotism to escape accountability and responsibility . and it’s about time they are exposed and held to account for the martyrdom of soldiers and civilians who bear the costs of their satellite chest-thumping”, the NC Spokesperson said.