India, Pakistan have to jointly fight terrorism: Farooq Abdullah

"We don’t know what is going to come now, but let us hope that January 26 passes with peace and the President of France who is coming here will have a great good visit and all other matter are discussed,’’ he said.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: January 23, 2016 8:07 pm

Former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Saturday cautioned against the terror threat lurking over the world and called upon both India and Pakistan to jointly fight the menace in the sub continent.

“There are so many other terrorist groups…they have to be fought,” he said, adding “what we saw in Peshawar, first the school and then the university, shows the signs of terrorism are active’’. “We are also afraid after what happened in Pathankot,’’ he said referring to the hijacking of a vehicle by some suspects after killing its driver.

“We don’t know what is going to come now, but let us hope that January 26 passes with peace and the President of France who is coming here will have a great good visit and all other matter are discussed,’’ he said. Pointing out that terror threat has always been there, he said that is why he always talk of friendly relations between India and Pakistan so that “we can fight this menace together’’.

Farooq, however, termed as “bullshit” the reports about Kashmir-based terror outfits owing allegiance to ISIS. “This is all bullshit…bullshit….there is no such allegiance…whosoever has come has come from there,’’ he told some media persons here this evening.

He said that terror threat was not confined only to Jammu Kashmir or India, but the entire world was facing it. “It is a world menace which has to be fought together with other partners in the world,’’ he added.

Also asking Kashmiri Pandits to return to the Valley, Farooq said that “I think, time has come when they must return home with honour and dignity’’. “The people are waiting for them to come back,’’ he added.

“We have been discussing this even when I was last time chief minister in 1996,’’ he said. “Advani (L.K. Advani) is alive, you ask him, we tried every method to see that they should come,’’ he added.

When asked about his earlier statement putting the onus of their not returning home on Pandits themselves, he said “I had only said that they have to come back home and nobody is going to go to them all the time and ask them to come home’’.

The former Chief Minister also welcomed the declassification of files pertaining to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, saying that this will remove suspicion among the minds of people. “Fingers had been raised on many leaders who have passed away that they were responsible for his death,’’ he said, adding that “it will now prove as to what is true’’.

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