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Has NC moved beyond 370 rhetoric?
Party’s recent statement preferred silence over special status, rakes up internet, detainees issues instead
1/13/2020 11:18:12 PM
eARLY TIMES REPOERT

Jammu, Jan 13: The recent statement issued by the national conference over the Supreme Court verdict on internet has raised several eyebrows as the party has preferred to remain tight lipped over Article 370- an otherwise reason d’être for its political survival.
The detailed statement the party issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on reviewing and restoring internet services in Jammu and Kashmir in the larger public interest and easing curbs on civil liberty. "The observations of the apex court about snapping of internet services ma indefinitely are significant and the government must take a call to review and restore the connectivity immediately", party said.
However, it was meanwhile interesting to note that there was not even a single word about the Article 370 revocation and party’s demand for the restoration of autonomy and statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.
The party intriguingly remained silent even over the growing demand for the grant of guarantees in lands and jobs for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Besides hailing the Supreme Court verdict, if there was anything that the party, guarded in its words, said it was that there should be a reach out to understand people’s aspirations. The party also sought release of the political detainees in JK. “This will pave the way for initiation of genuine democratic activities. Detention of three formers chief ministers and scores of senior leaders has created a political vacuum which is needed to be filled in true spirit of India's rich democratic ethos. We will continue to remain in the forefront to shoulder our responsibilities and play historic role towards dignified life of the people and for lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir", the party said in a statement.
After the statement, the people on social media reacted in good numbers over it, questioning that whether the party has now preferred to move beyond Article 370 and is now busy raising the issue of internet services and telecommunications.
Meanwhile, the mainstream parties with each passing day are preferring not to raise the 370 demand and move beyond the dotted line.
Altaf Bukahri made a startling revelation recently in which he said that the time has come to look beyond Article 370 and explore other achievable options for Jammu and Kashmir. "The pain of loss of Article 370 will never go, but we have to come out of it," he said. "Life goes on; we must try for things that we can get.”

He said the way forward is domicile rights for residents and restoration of the statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. "I will work in good faith and try my best to get those demands fulfilled," he said. "I am confident that these measures will help bring relief to people in Kashmir.”
In a similar manner, another senior mainstream leader and a former minister who played a key role in the formation of the PDP, Ghulam Hassan Mir also toed the same line as that of Bukhari. In his recent interview, Mir has said that he will demand the restoration of statehood but not of special status. “I have never shown people the dreams of azadi or Article 370,” he claimed. “I have always talked of development and people call me Mr Development.”
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