Srinagar, September 27:

Main opposition party National Conference on Tuesday expressed serious concern over rising diplomatic tension and hostility between New Delhi and Islamabad and reiterated the party’s stand that there was no alternative to meaningful and sustained engagement between the two neighbours.

NC spokesperson Junaid Mattu said the leadership of both countries owe it to the suffering, tormented people of J&K to engage with each other with sincerity and a sense of responsibility in an effort to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir Issue.

“Aggression – whether military, diplomatic or rhetorical – will not yield any favourable results for either countries. Neither will it curb the menace of terrorism nor will it magically normalize the situation in Kashmir. There are outstanding, unresolved issues between New Delhi and Islamabad – primarily the issue of Kashmir – and regional peace will be hard to achieve and sustain unless these issues are resolved”, the NC State Spokesperson said in a statement issued from Party Headquarters in Srinagar.