JK News Today

Srinagar, October 14 ( JKNT) National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Friday chastised India for not opening dialogue with Pakistan and  asked Delhi to  start talking to Islamabad to resolve Kashmir issue without any further delay.

After  presiding over a rump group of Kashmir –Muslim  centric  opposition parties  here , the three-time Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister , said that there was no way out except Indo-Pakistan dialogue. “ We appeal to  government of India  to start dialogue with Pakistan and their dialogue alone can deliver a solution for  our state.”

Farooq Abdullah has a track record of  flip-flopping on the Indo-Pak dialogue  ever since he joined political arena in 1970s, while his father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah  was alive after having declared that the  accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India is irrevocable.  Sheikh had changed his secessionist tone after remaining in what he had called “ political wilderness for 22 years ( 1953 to 1975) “ after getting back to power  in February 1975. He had called  for bombardment and flattening of Pakistan in late 1980s as also during his third and last term as Chief Minister ( 1996 to 2002)  for Pakistan sponsored terrorists were targeting and killing innocent Kashmiris.


Friday’s context  was the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley. Farooq said that the situation  was “ dangerous” and it needed to be addressed in a compassionate manner. As a first step , he suggested  that all political prisoners, including Hurriyat leaders ( who have been booked for inciting violence and paralyzing the life in the Valley for more than three months) be released.

But when it came to  answering questions  during  question-answer session at the press conference, Farooq Abdullah just looked other way round , revealing his politics of ambiguity.