Dr Farooq, Asks Mufti ‘Either Deliver or Quit’

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SRINAGAR: Urging New Delhi to immediately approve Rs 44000 Crore flood relief package presented by the previous government for the rehabilitation of the flood survivors, National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah Tuesday flayed the current dispensation for its failure to secure the much needed relief and rehabilitation package from the centre. 

Abdullah criticized PDP-BJP government for not making any dent in this regard at the central government level and asked the chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to deliver or leave the chair. 

Former chief minister, speaking at a function marking the death anniversary of NC founder and late chief minister Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, said with the onset of winter the hardships of flood sufferers will further aggravate as such immediate approval to the package is need of the hour.

Cautioning India and Pakistan about the ramification of war, NC president said that atmosphere of hostility brewing at present is making the situation volatile and dangerous for peace saying that this is in no way in the interest either of the country.

“Exchange of words of warnings for war has further deteriorated conditions souring the relations of the two countries,” he said adding that wars only add to miseries without changing ground realities and achieving any objective. He said Jammu & Kashmir and its people will have to bear the brunt of hostility and conflict between India and Pakistan as has been witnessed in the past.

“It is the people of Jammu & Kashmir living in this part and across who have to face the destruction, loss of human lives and property in any war between India and Pakistan,” he said maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir is the first target to get hit by the bombardment and exchange of heavy fire. 

He said it has been observed world over that wars only make problems complex without doing any service to the people and resolving issues.

Dr Abdullah appealed to both the Countries of India and Pakistan to shun the raising of voices of hostility and war. He said table is the only way forward to discuss and resolve issues. He asked the leadership of India and Pakistan to restore talks and focus on settling all matters on table. He referred to the former BJP Prime Minister’s speech at Tanghdar in which he (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) mentioned that ‘friends can be changed but not neighbours’ and extended hand of friendship to Pakistan for peaceful and amicable resolution of all issues.

Dr Abdullah also underlined the need for talks between the Centre and the separatist leaders. He appealed to the separatist organizations to resort to the road of dialogue process to discuss issues and find out their solution. “There is no other way forward but a friendly and amicable atmosphere for resolving all issues” he observed.

Abdullah also cautioned about the attempts of some elements to disintegrate Jammu and Kashmir and said that such attempts are totally harmful for the State of Jammu and Kashmir and for the entire Country. 

He said Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are one unit and those who want to wedge apart the people on regional and communal politics are their enemies and their designs need be foiled at all levels. 

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