Ripe Time For India, Pak Dialogue: Dr Farooq

Srinagar—National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said time had come for India as the bigger country to find ways of talking with Pakistan and finding a solution to the Jammu and Kashmir problem.

War has not and cannot provide a solution to the problems as confrontation only leads to increase in tragedies, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said.

“… if you have to fight terrorism, which Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has said is a world over thing, then time has come for the government of India, which is the bigger country than Pakistan, to find ways and means of talking with Pakistan and finding a way forward,” Abdullah told reporters at the National Conference headquarters here.

The time had come, he added, for finding a final solution acceptable to the people of Pakistan, India and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Lok Sabha member from Srinagar hit out at those who criticised him for his statements on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir (PcK).

Abdullah in recent comments has dared the centre to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar city before talking about unfurling it in PcK. He has also claimed that PcK cannot become a part of India.

“I am not saying anything which is irrational. For 70 years, PcK has been part of Pakistan and this (J&K) has been part of India.

“Four wars have been fought and in these four wars, nothing has happened. They hold that territory and we hold this territory,” Abdullah said.

Abdullah said his statements were based on the “tragedy” the people of Jammu and Kashmir on either side of the Line of Control face due to hostilities along the border.

“I see the tragedy my people have to face, not only in the Valley but in rest of the areas. Look at our borders. Shells come. Our women, our children, our people die… What are we trying to achieve?” he asked.

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