India, Pakistan should talk to end terror, says Farooq Abdullah

“India and Pakistan should hold dialogue. Terrorism will stop itself when there is a dialogue,’’ Farooq said after the 90-minute meeting.

Written by Mir Ehsan , Adil Akhzer | Srinagar/kasauli | Updated: October 21, 2016 6:28 pm
Jammu Kashmir, Kashmir war, Kashmir situation, India pakistan war, india pakistan kashmir, news, latest news, national news, India news, Kashmir news Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdhulla. (PTI Photo)

National Conference patron and former Union minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that India and Pakistan should initiate talks to bring an end to terrorism in the region. Farooq was speaking after a meeting of opposition parties, which he had called at his residence in Gupkar.

His son and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, meanwhile, said the situation in Kashmir remained “extremely worrisome” but attention had been diverted from it because of the tension between India and Pakistan.

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“India and Pakistan should hold dialogue. Terrorism will stop itself when there is a dialogue,’’ Farooq said after the 90-minute meeting. “We live in an atomic era. We appeal to both countries that war is no solution and dialogue is the only way forward. Tension will only increase terrorism.”

Urging both countries to move forward, Farooq said, “Friends can be changed but neighbours cannot be changed… Sound policies for the future should be formulated, not temporary solutions.” Abdullah said that the present situation in Kashmir is dangerous for the peace and stability of entire South Asia.

“Kashmir is a political problem. We have to resolve it permanently, today’s government also has this in its agenda,” he said, adding that talks should be held with each stakeholder, including the Hurriyat Conference. Addressing the PDP, he said, “What has happened to the agenda of the government? All political prisoners, including those from the Hurriyat, need to be released… A special session of the J&K assembly needs to be called to discuss the current situation.”

Farooq also sought an inquiry into the killing of civilians in the Valley during the violence that broke out after the killing of militant Burhan Wani. When contacted, PDP general secretary Nizamudin Bhat said his party was on the same page as Farooq. “This is what our party’s agenda is. The current crisis has been an impediment and dialogue has been on hold. We also want India and Pakistan to start a dialogue.”

Congress legislator Ghulam Nabi Monga, who also attended Friday’s meeting, said “many suggestions have been forwarded to the government” to defuse the situation in the Valley. “It was our reminder to the government of India because such an indifferent attitude cannot resolve the situation,’’ said CPM general secretary Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami.

Meanwhile, speaking during a panel discussion at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli, Omar said, “My fear is that because now our attention has been diverted so totally to the frontiers and the situation between India and Pakistan, J&K has been consigned to the backburner.”

“Nobody remembers that there is a problem (in Kashmir), 90-plus people have died, nobody recalls that time to time, promises have been made which haven’t been fulfilled and unfortunately the anger continues to simmer,” he said, adding that J&K cannot be treated like any other state.

“My worry is that in the corridors of power that matter in Delhi, there is a reluctance to accept the nature of problems in J&K as it exists today. It is either seen in context of Pakistan or in context of a law-and-order problem,” he said.

Referring to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti invitation to tourists to visit Kashmir, Omar said, “Everyone is shying away from Kashmir… The road to Gulmarg in Kashmir is unstable. The government has no control over it. It is very easy for the CM to come to Delhi and invite tourists. But the CM herself is not in a position to drive to Pahalgam or Gulmarg, so how will tourists come?”

“There are some statements coming from Prime Minister Modi, where he accepted that development alone is not the solution and that we need to think further than that and that means we need to talk. Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said you can ask for the moon as long as it is within the Constitution… Some parties like mine have asked for less than the moon within the four walls of the Constitution, but we were met with a less than positive response,” he said.

On the Centre’s announcement of an IIM for Jammu, Omar said it was a “wrong decision” that would “cement an imbalance”. “Four new institutions have been announced for the states — three of them are for Jammu and one for Kashmir, and Ladakh has been totally forgotten,” he said.

Omar said that the unrest during his tenure ended because “the Central government announced something for Kashmir”. “Unfortunately, 97 days of current cycle of protests, it doesn’t appear that the Centre is willing to go beyond just words…,” he said.

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    Anil Sood
    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:14 am
    ic were they dating till now? Despite ongoing talks since 1971 this had been happening. Where is the need to talk?
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      Anil Sood
      Oct 15, 2016 at 3:12 am
      Were both nations dating till this day? What a foolish statement to make. Despite talks this is happening even today.
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        module
        Oct 15, 2016 at 10:30 am
        PDP and BJP already had a secret deal that, they will not allow to run the JK govt. so that's way A- 370 will be easy to implement, later in 2018. It's all pre plan game/politics.
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          andy
          Oct 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm
          INDIA IS TALKING WITH PAK FOR LAST 60 YEARS WITH NO RESULTS. INDIA SHOULD LEARN FROM ISRAELI DESTROY THEIR TERROR CAMPS. MODIJI HAS TAKEN A RIGHT STEP. NOW PAK WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE ATTACKING. THIS MULLA WILL NEVER CHANGE.
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            ahdash
            Oct 19, 2016 at 12:38 am
            oh so he finally got complete instructions from accross the border . . well the cash will start soon too . . .
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              laxmi
              Oct 15, 2016 at 3:02 am
              लाथोंके बातों से नही मानते .कुछ लोगों को बंदुक बात ही समझ आती है. उन्हे बिलकुल भी ढील नहीं देनी चाहीये. हमारे भारत देश को कमजोर समझने की गलती कभीभी न करे ऐसी जबाबी कारवाई होनी चाहीऐ इस बात में कोई दो राय नहीं होनी चाहीये.काश्मिर भारत का है और हमेशा रहेगा.
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                SK
                Oct 15, 2016 at 2:52 am
                By giving this advice he has shown how ignorant he is. Dialogue with whom, who is in charge, army, government or the terrorists.
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                  Bakumbai
                  Oct 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm
                  This man and his son talk only in opportunistic way just to suit their own agenda.
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                    Champa Bai
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm
                    what have we been doing since last 50 yrs????? chu$%#$% ki waqai kami nahin hai is desh mein
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                      Chandrashekhar Deshpande
                      Oct 15, 2016 at 4:10 am
                      Farook sab chila rahe 'Shanti' ke liye. Wo Bokhale he.Fear Feeling is that the Dukan which was started by his father Sheikh Abdulla and Chacha Nehru on the way tobe closed down.
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                        din
                        Oct 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                        Because Modiji has take a step which Congressi did not want to take this Abdulla family is now are rattling because it HURTS STANI TERRORIST, THERE IS NO NEED FOR india TO GO TO STAN FOR TALK LET stan RUN ABOUT FOR A PEACE - MODIJI move is isolating stan and Abdulla lot cant digest influx of support for Modi
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                          din
                          Oct 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm
                          why father and son first speak to terrorist and stan ? How long does it take them ? 68 Years ? congressi drama trying to protect them now
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                            d sahu
                            Oct 15, 2016 at 11:50 am
                            what Abdulla was doing all this time?did he denounce pahankot,uri attacks.if he is a tall leader what is his contribution?
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                              Sreenivasan
                              Oct 15, 2016 at 10:24 am
                              India's guaranteed spokesperson must be Mr Arnab Goswami so that we can start the deciding war to wipe out stan before we sit down for a talk. :))
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                                kamath Ramesh
                                Oct 15, 2016 at 10:12 am
                                This abdulla can go to pak and broker the peace. One thing he must remember is every inch of kashmir belongs to India and no compromise on that. With this condition if he can stop terrorism he should be welcomed.
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                                  keki
                                  Oct 15, 2016 at 9:30 am
                                  When is he drowning at sea??
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                                    madan gupta
                                    Oct 17, 2016 at 12:49 am
                                    He is the biggest enemy of Kashmir.His father connived with Nehru and killed Shyama Parshad Mukherjee.
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                                      Kartha MN
                                      Oct 16, 2016 at 10:16 am
                                      We have other neighbors. But it is Pak that is in perpetual conflict with India. Why? All Indian initiatives so far have been thwarted by the Pak. The most probable reason is that the talks are with the civilian Govt which the Super Govt that is Army there does not always recognize.The forces must be contained to barracks and the Civilian Govt that is truly democratic must be elected there for any talks to be meaningful. Dr Abdulla knows this. But he seems more interested to show that he is not rendered irrelevant in the current political scenario.Or why he and his Govt when the NC was in power could not get the Pak to meaningful dialog for peace to prevail. There would be peace in the region either when India decisively makes the Pak behave or when the Pak army disbands their special terror modules and contains themselves to defense leaving Civilian Govt to rule according to wishes of the people there. That would be when hawks would find they are no more able to call shots
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                                        Anand Ch
                                        Oct 15, 2016 at 10:04 am
                                        India can not request rogues not to fire. Instead it will hunt and gun down the rats at any costs. 7 decades haven't brought any change in those rascals and there is no hope. Blast them off !
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                                          Ramesh
                                          Oct 15, 2016 at 1:34 am
                                          "National Conference patron and former Union minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that India and stan should initiate talks to bring an end to terrorism in the region."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Great advice. Keep on talking and let stan spread terrorism. Well done, Abdulla Sahib.
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                                            Sheik Mohamed
                                            Oct 15, 2016 at 8:02 am
                                            Dr.Abdullah should stop talking like this, and should bear it in mind that JandK is an integral part of our country and should remain forever. Instead he should ask the present ruling combine of saffronized party andPDP to initiate steps for return of normalcy to Kashmir as well as to uage the feeling of Kashmiris and ensure them about their prevention of further alienation from the national mainstream, by stopping the let loose of terror by security agencies deplo there in the name of search operation/maintenance of Law and order situation who pla a different role with civilian protesters in Haryana who torched/burn Government and Non Nats properties demanding reservation for Jats.
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