Communalism major threat: Farooq

Excelsior Correspondent
SOPORE, Nov 3: National Conference president and former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today said that communalism poses major threat to the country and cautioned Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that the country would break into parts if he fails to control the communal and divisive forces.
Abdullah told reporters in Lalad village of Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district after attending a marriage ceremony today that the PM should control the elements bent upon to divide the country. “Currently, the fire of communalism has engulfed whole country. It is important for Modiji to control the fire of communalism, which is major threat and he should be practical in controlling those elements who are hell bent to divide the country,” he said.
The NC president said that if the PM fails to control these divisive forces, then this country would break into parts.
Commenting on the expectations of announcement of a financial package by PM Modi during his scheduled rally in Srinagar on November 7, Abdullah said that these packages won’t win the hearts and stressed on Modi to start talks with Pakistan. “I repeat (Financial) packages won’t fill the hearts of Kashmiris. The larger issue is of Kashmir and they (Centre) have dire need of holding talks with Pakistan,” he said.
The NC president said that the economic packages don’t bridge gaps between the regions and insisted on resolving the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. “We have to resolve the issue of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Hearts aren’t joined by packages irrespective of how many we announce,” he asserted.
Responding to a question over the killing of two Army soldiers due to Pakistan firing in Gurez sector of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district yesterday, Farooq claimed that Pakistan wants resumption of talks with India and that is why it repeatedly violates ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB).
“They (Pakistan) violate ceasefire because they want talks and till there are no talks, the ceasefire violations would continue to occur,” he said and expressed concern over the fact that the people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides are ultimate sufferers. “Tragedy is that we the people of Jammu and Kashmir have to bear the brunt (of ceasefire violations) and likewise us the people in other parts of Kashmir too have to bear the same,” he said. “On both sides, we are only grinding (between clash of India and Pakistan armies)” said Abdullah.
The Tuesday’s visit by Farooq Abdullah to Sopore, which is one of the militant hotbeds in north Kashmir, came after a long span of time. He was accompanied by his brother Mustafa Kamaal and senior party leaders, Mubarak Gul and Javed Dar.

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