Farooq dismisses demand to curtail Yatra’s duration

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Jammu: Dismissing the demand by separatists to curtail the duration of Amarnath Yatra, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said the pilgrimage ought to proceed to be of two months as a result of it was not solely religiously important however as well as served as a provide of livelihood for lots of.

“The pilgrimage ought to occur for 2 months. Not solely will people provide the choice to have right darshan nevertheless there are many poor people inside the state whose livelihoods depend upon the yatra,” the earlier chief minister knowledgeable reporters proper right here.

“I assume any restriction on the Yatra should not be what I would wish, it ought to go freely for 2 months,” he said.

The annual yatra is scheduled to start on July 2.

At a rally in Tral on May 1, Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani had demanded that the Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas have to be restricted to 30 days for “safety” of pilgrims and security of environment.

On the problem of Kashmiri Pandits’ return to the Valley, Abdullah said that any selection taken shouldn’t create strain inside the minds of the people.

“Whatever has to be accomplished, the Pandits, Muslims, Sikhs who keep in Kashmir might have to sit collectively and arrive at conducive technique of doing it inside the technique that will not create any additional strain,” he said.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to China, Abdullah said, “China has its private protection…We attempt to develop larger relations and now it is upto China.”

On being requested if Modi’s go to to China could be fruitful, he reiterated that it relies upon upon China.

“Whether it (Modi’s go to) will get hold of one factor or not… The success is upto God and Chinese,” he said.

Abdullah said he hoped Modi will improve the problem of stapled visa with Chinese authorities. “PM ought to inform them to please give us a standard visa,” he said.

He was referring to stapled visas issued by China for residents of M&J and Arunachal Pradesh.

Abdullah had come proper right here to meet ailing BJP chief Chaman Lal Gupta. This was his first go to to Jammu after an organ transplant surgical process in London remaining yr. 

(With Agency inputs)

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