Farooq bats for Indo-Pak talks to end violence

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr  4: Former Chief Minister and National Conference president, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today said that the cycle of violence in Kashmir can’t be stopped unless Centre holds talks with Pakistan to resolve the issue.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Central University in Ganderbal, Abdullah said: “If we have TO come out of this storm, the Kashmir issue should be resolved as soon as possible and it is most important to talk with Pakistan. Unless there will not be talks with Pakistan, the issue will not be resolved.”
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The former Chief Minister said that Kashmir requires immediate measures to come out of the storm that has hit it. “Without talking to Pakistan, Kashmir issue can’t be resolved and the storm that has hit Kashmir today requires immediate measures for resolution of Kashmir issue. People everywhere in Kashmir are ready to offer their lives and continuing cycle of violence can’t be stopped till the Central Government initiates a dialogue with Pakistan”.
When asked that PDP also stressed for dialogue with Pakistan but its ally BJP in the Centre is opposed to it with Pakistan, Dr Farooq said: “For the last four years we have been hearing all about resumption of dialogue with Pakistan but where is the dialogue?. If Chief Minister would have been serious about her demand for dialogue with Pakistan she would have chooses to walkout of the alliance then hearing the sermons of Delhi on no dialogue with Pakistan”.
Asking Delhi to get back to the root cause of the Kashmir issue, the NC president said: “Wars won’t solve the Kashmir crisis. Four wars have been fought but what did India and Pakistan get from the wars. Wars will bring devastation and destruction. We are seeing in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones”.
Welcoming the Supreme Court’s observations on Article 370, Abdullah said: “Delhi must stop tinkering with the special status enjoyed by the State and instead take measures for restoring the eroded special status particularly the autonomy in full to allow people of Kashmir to live with dignity.”
Making it clear that Kashmiris have no future with Pakistan, Abdullah said: “Kashmiris have to be here, we have an autonomy which was granted to us. That autonomy must be restored to the people so that their honour is restored. Just playing fixed with it will not help. They’ve to get back to the normal, to the base root.”
He said that innocent killings in Kashmir must stop immediately. “Every nation has condemned the killings. The killing must stop. Innocents are being killed”, he said.
Condemning the media hype over the worsening situation in Kashmir, Abdullah said: “Propaganda unleashed by national media against Kashmir through fake reports over alleged attacks on tourists must stop. Kashmiris are known for their hospitality and no force on earth can snatch the beauty of Kashmir which the God has given to it”.


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