Naeem criticizes NC for attempting to sabotage Kashmir talks

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 11: Expressing confidence that the stakeholders would take an independent view on the Centre’s offer of dialogue, senior PDP leader and Minister for Public Works and Culture, Naeem Akhtar, today hit out at the National Conference for attempting to sabotage the prospects of peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The politics of National Conference has thrived on disruptions and turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir. The party is convinced that it can survive only by being part of the problem rather than the solution for which post-2002 the entire mainstream has been campaigning in the State,” Akhtar said. The Minister said Dr Farooq’s latest statement, wherein he warned Hurriyat against participating in the Kashmir dialogue initiated by the Centre, has once again sent out a signal that he can use his political position only to subvert any process aimed at bringing peace and stability to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Dr Abdullah will not like a permanent and dignified solution to our problems as his party has always thrived on confusion, somersault and U-turns which have landed the State in a crisis affecting many generations,” he said.
He said during the tenure of IK Gujral, a Government of which Dr Abdullah’s National Conference was a participant, the initiative to open peace talks with the Hurriyat had met with resistance by NC. “Dr Abdullah had threatened to revolt against India if such a peace mission was launched in the State,” Akhtar recalled.
“Dr Farooq is on record having said that his Government will make the Hurriyat rot in jails. On different occasions, he has talked about bombarding Pakistan and showering bullets on Kashmiris. It will be better for J&K if the National Conference president explains these careless remarks first before warning other about what to do and what not to do,” he said.
Akhtar said the National Conference leadership is deluded into believing that the party has a divine right to decide the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir.


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