Naeem Hits Out At NC For Attempting To Sabotage Kashmir Talks

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SRINAGAR — Expressing confi­dence that the stakeholders would take an independent view on the Centre’s offer of dialogue, senior PDP leader and Minister for Public Works and Culture, Naeem Akhtar on Monday hit out at the National Conference for attempting to sabo­tage the prospects of peace and sta­bility in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The politics of National Con­ference has thrived on disrup­tions and turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir,” Akhtar said.

“The party is convinced that it can survive only by being part of the problem rather than the solution for which post-2002 the entire mainstream has been cam­paigning in the state.”

The Minister said Dr Fa­rooq’s latest statement, wherein he warned Hurriyat against participating in the Kashmir dialogue initiated by the Centre, has once again sent out a signal that he can use his political posi­tion only to subvert any process aimed at bringing peace and sta­bility to Jammu and Kashmir.

“Dr Abdullah will not like a permanent and dignified solution to our problems as his party has always thrived on confusion, som­ersault and U-turns which have landed the state in a crisis affect­ing many generations,” he said.

Akhtar said Dr Abdullah’s lat­est hit-and-run statement on the eve of his departure to London is continuation of his persistent at­tempts at torpedoing very serious efforts at resolution of our prob­lems, “People of J&K now know fully where the party stands in respect of the prevailing peace discourse in the state,” he said.

He said during the tenure of IK Gujral, a government of which Dr Abdullah’s National Conference was a participant, the initiative to open peace talks with the Hur­riyat had met with resistance by NC. “Dr Abdullah had threatened to revolt against India if such a peace mission was launched in the state,” Akhtar recalled.

“Later, when Dr Abdullah was part of the coalition led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his son was a junior minis­ter in the central government, Dr Abdullah again defied the Centre’s unilateral ceasefire. He and his then DG of J&K Police, Ashok Suri, said at that time that the ceasefire decision was not binding on the state government and the state police, and they will go after militants and kill them which resulted in the breakdown of the central initiative.”

Akhtar said there has always been a feeling that Dr Abdul­lah’s autonomy resolution was inspired by the panic caused by the Vajpayee government’s efforts at engaging the Hurri­yat in a dialogue. “He buried the resolution after his coali­tion partner told him to choose between power and autonomy. Obviously, he choose power as has been quoted by LK Advani in his biography”.

The Minister said that going by the latest sinister statement masked as a warning to the Hur­riyat, Dr Abdullah looks like he is still using the dead horse of au­tonomy to subvert any process of resolving Kashmir.

“He brings out the ghost of autonomy every time he is fight­ing election to ensure that peace doesn’t return to the land that has been a victim of his family politics since 1931.”

“Dr Farooq is on record hav­ing said that his government will make the Hurriyat rot in jails. On different occasions, he has talked about bombarding Paki­stan and showering bullets on Kashmiris. It will be better for J&K if the National Conference president explains these careless remarks first before warning other about what to do and what not to do,” he said.

Akhtar said the National Con­ference leadership is deluded into believing that the party has a di­vine right to decide the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir. “Nothing can be further from reality. Dia­logue and good relations between India and Pakistan is the only way to end the turmoil in Kash­mir. It is the main agenda of Peo­ples Democratic Party and we will pursue it with full force,” he said.

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