Kashmir Globally Accepted Dispute: Farooq 

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BUDGAM: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday cautioned New Delhi against excessive use of force and repression against the people, saying that unless Kashmir is recognized as a political problem peace will remain elusive.

“For lasting peace and stability, dialogue process is needed to be initiated forthwith,” Dr Farooq Abdullah said while addressing an election meeting at Budgam this afternoon.

Former chief minister said that the Kashmir issue has been recognized at the international level and therefore talks should be initiated with Pakistan and the people of Kashmir for judicious solution. He called for involving all the stake holders to find out a way forward so that the current spell of bloodshed is stopped.

Dr Farooq said, “our hearts are bleeding when the blood of young people is spilled during broad day light with security forces caring too hoot for human rights violations.”

He said use of disproportionate force will take us nowhere. “There is need to understand that young people’s urges and aspirations have to be met, who feel pushed to the wall. But the government at the Centre, in mistaken belief, prefers force over compassion and understanding towards the problems of youth. If New Delhi thinks that use of pellet guns would help restore peace, they are living in fools world,” he said while holding New Delhi squarely responsible for the current morass, an NC statement said.

“If successive governments in New Delhi would not have betrayed the people of Kashmir by not keeping their promise, the situation would not have come to prevailing passé,” he said and expressed dismay over political instability, economic disaster and above ass fear among the people.

Lashing out at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, the National Conference President wondered over her hypocrisy saying that when out of power she used to shed crocodile tears while visiting the slain militants houses but now she underplays, and unfortunately mocks the peaceful protests by the people. He said Valley is passing through most difficult phase and unless immediate measures are not taken to assuage the political aspirations of the people, Kashmir will continue to bleed.

‘Farooq Abdullah fountain head of all miseries’

 Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and minister Abdul Haq Khan on Thursday castigated Farooq Abdullah led National Conference as being the “fountain head” of all the miseries that this state is bearing the brunt of.

Attributing chaos, corruption and confusion as being the only coherent policy of National Conference vis-a-vis the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Khan said, “history is witness to the fact that whenever these two opportunistic parties have allied, the culture of violence was legitimized and normalized.”

“Power alienation and Politics of Grievance is what brings these parties together. Farooq Sahab and his allies were pivotal to the design of subverting the institution of democracy in our state and the worst victim of their assault was the system of ‘accountability’,” Khan added.

Underlining that the state faced political drought after 2008 and no headway was made on any political initiative after that, Khan said the biggest reason for the party to form Government in the State was to get the people of the State out of the uncertainty which was looming large over them.

“Much of the reason for the recent turmoil in the Valley lies in the fact that political engagement was discontinued after 2008 and no specific Confidence Building Measures were taken,” Khan said.

Daring Farooq Abdullah to list important initiatives/ developmental projects that can be attributed to his efforts while he was Chief Minister of the state or as a Central Minister and Member of Parliament, Adv Khan said that the regressive policies of National Conference and their allies have no takers in the polity of the state.

“People have seen through the archaic and divisive policies of National Conference-Congress combine. They have nothing new to offer to the people of this state and do not wish that the state should be back on track of economic and financial progress,” Khan said.

Expressing his surprise over the new found love of Tariq Hamid Karra for his erstwhile arch nemesis Farooq Abdullah, Khan said that until recently they were at daggers drawn against each other and that politics of convenience has brought them together.

“This opportunistic alliance is a constant reminder of the historic betrayals that the people of this state have faced time and again and is a mere manifestation of their power alienation,” he added.

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