Welcoming the efforts of the Centre-appointed interlocutors on Kashmir, ruling National Conference on Monday appealed the BJP leadership not to issue "misleading statements" which would hurt the people of the state.
"We appeal to the leadership of BJP especially L K Advani to keep the national interest in mind and desist from issuing misleading statements which hurts the people of Jammu and Kashmir and threatens the national integrity," senior NC leader and Parliament member Mehboob Beig said.
Addressing the concluding session of a two-day party convention in Anantnag, 55 kms from here, Beig said it is imperative to ensure the job assigned to the interlocutors be fruitful and reach its logical conclusion.
"A number of interlocutors have been appointed by the Centre time and again to find solution to Kashmir issue and the problems being faced by people here, but till date no solution could be found," the NC leader said.
Asserting that the solution to Kashmir issue lies in the friendly relations between India and Pakistan, Beig said "both the countries are faced with extremism but have the capability to address all outstanding issues including Kashmir amicably through negotiations."
"The Kashmiri leadership has added responsibility to safeguard the sentiments and aspirations of the people so that at the time of any forward movement on Kashmir issue, the rights of the people are not sidelined," he said.
Beig said his party favours stronger ties between New Delhi and Islamabad as it holds key to permanent peace in South Asia.
"Our party believes equitable development of all the three regions of the state - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. It had played a key role in maintaining communal harmony," he said.
Though the party had stuck to the demand of autonomy for the state, it would welcome any better alternative provided this had the support of the people of the three regions, he added.