How long will India, Pakistan remain hostile, asks Farooq Abdullah

"Political issues have to be resolved amicably and through a meaningful and credible political process," the former Chief Minister of the state said.

By: PTI | Jammu | Updated: October 20, 2016 12:50 pm
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Wondering how long India and Pakistan will remain in a state of “animosity” and “hostility”, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday underlined the need for peace as the people of Jammu and Kashmir are the primary victims of confrontation between the two countries. “How long shall we remain in the state of animosity and hostility? There is no substitute to peace, and both India and Pakistan understand that wars cannot solve political issues,” he said while addressing a public meeting in the border district of Rajouri.



“Political issues have to be resolved amicably and through a meaningful and credible political process,” added the former Chief Minister of the state. He recalled the peace dividends of the border ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and said he saw no reason why that experiment and spirit cannot be implemented now. Abdullah referred to the sufferings caused to border dwellers due to dislocation from their homes because of shelling and cross-LoC firing, saying “tragically this has become a routine” since the past few years.

The dislocation brings with it the trauma of deprivation and disempowerment, as farmers cannot harvest their crops, economic activity gets paralyzed, and a fear psychosis engulfs everyone while children are deprived of their dreams,” he said. Abdullah appealed for strengthening the legacy of amity and tranquility in the state. Without naming any political entity, he cautioned people against nefarious attempts to divide people on the basis of region and religion.

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“Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will continue to remain a single entity,” he said and called upon the party cadre to work with dedication and commitment to meet various challenges that the state is confronted with. “On the bedrock of our legacy, it is our duty to promote
amity and brotherhood, which the party has upheld and nurtured during the most trying circumstances in our history. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian unity has been at the core of the National Conference’s political philosophy and this has to be maintained at all costs,” he said.

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  1. R
    Oct 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm
    As long as there are leaders like Farooq who do not have any connect with people of JandK and just want to extort money from both the sides and keep omitting venom about India to keep the temperature up there will be no peace.
    1. S
      Oct 19, 2016 at 11:22 am
      This what exactly you and your family wanted so that your family can remain in JandK's CM post forever, now having thoroughly lost the election why make all scene? Of course you will make all scene because you are a politician.
      1. A
        Oct 19, 2016 at 12:11 am
        he is the real separatist implanted by congi . .as per chidu's description of "strategic restraint" . . . he has helped the situation slip out of control very slowly and smartly . . .. govt should appoint him for talks . .. let him strategize .. . he will get exposed. . mr abdlh (snr and jnr).. do not sit and f@rt worries . . . make a plan and put it before nation . . .. nin c0m p00p
        1. P
          PN badri
          Oct 20, 2016 at 7:08 am
          Even USA changed their mind set towards Cuba and wants to improve diplomatic relationship with them and our government hostile towards stan looks like political consideration and definitely we will WITNESS somersaults from our government due to pressure from big brother USA.
          1. B
            Oct 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm
            So long as controversial faces like Abdullah, separatists and some anti-national parties do not lose their venom.
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