‘Kashmir On Brink, Can Go Out of Hand’


New Delhi: National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

He apprised Modi of the situation in the Valley and urged him to address the issue politically.

During a meeting that lasted over half-an-hour, Abdullah briefed the prime minister on the growing unrest in the Valley.

Farooq Abdullah told the PM that the Kashmir Valley was on the brink, and the unrest could get “out of hand” if not urgently addressed politically.

“Please do not think all of us are Pakistanis,” he told the PM, Business Standard reported quoting a source close to Abdullah.

The National Conference leader said to the PM that Kashmiris do not wish to join Pakistan but the people have their grievances, which the Centre should look at through a political process and by reaching out to the stakeholders.

This is the first meeting Abdullah had with Modi after being elected to Parliament  in Srinagar by-poll elections. The seat had fallen vacant after Tariq Karra had resigned from the ruling PDP.

He later briefed Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on the issue as well.

“Our main issue is Kashmir. We discussed that how we can make Jammu and Kashmir a heaven again. For that, we are trying hard so that we can bring back harmony,” Abdullah told ANI.

Yechury said there is a need to put an end to Kashmir’s problems.

“We will discuss on how to take steps that would benefit in future. We all have to work together to solve this issue,” he added.

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