Situation in Kashmir very serious, says Farooq

Situation in Kashmir very serious, says Farooq

“Before talking to Pakistan, there is need to set our own house in order first and start an internal dialogue process with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat Conference,” he said.

Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday said the situation in Kashmir is “very serious” and time has come to “take all stakeholders on board, including the Hurriyat” for a dialogue on resolution of all issues. He also slammed the PDP-BJP government for “not keeping its promise” of holding talks with all stakeholders in Kashmir as enlisted in its “Agenda of Alliance.”

“Before talking to Pakistan, there is need to set our own house in order first and start an internal dialogue process with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat Conference,” he said.

He said war is no solution and ultimately all issues between India and Pakistan, including the Kashmir issue, will have to be resolved through dialogue only.  “Some elements in Pakistan and its Army, who are supported by China, do not want peace between India and Pakistan,” he said.

“War is no solution, it will only bring destruction and whatever we have achieved in all these 70 years, will be lost,” he said, talking to media-persons on the sidelines of a function here.

“The situation in Kashmir is very serious which I cannot explain, and people are scared,” Farooq said, and reiterated that “war is no solution to any issue and therefore there is no way out except to hold talks with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat.”

“Let us first start dialogue process internally and then talk to Pakistan for resolving all issues,” he said.

He also slammed Pakistan for “supporting militancy,” saying “Pak Army and some elements there do not want peace with India and China, which wants to snatch Arunachal Pradesh from us, also supports them.” “Militancy is not something which is new but the question is how we should tackle the situation. For this we will have to initiate a dialogue process internally before holding talks with Pakistan. This is the only way to resolve all issues between the two countries including the Kashmir issue.”

“The BJP-PDP government, at the time of forming the alliance, promised in ‘Agenda of Alliance’ that they will hold talks with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat. Time has come to initiate steps in this regard as situation in Kashmir is very-2 (sic) serious,” he said. Farooq also raised questions over the release of Masood Azahar, saying he opposed the move tooth and nail.

“Now, we are making hue and cry over Pak supporting militants, but the question is who released Masood Azhar and took him to Kandhar, Afghanistan,” he asked. “I opposed his release tooth and nail but nobody listened to me.”