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.