JK News Today


Jammu, December 8

National Conference president  and former Chief Minister  Farooq Abdullah took head on his  critics  who saw a design in his support to the Hurriyat Conference in seeking for the “ final settlement of Kashmir issue,”  and declared that the  issue is awaiting its  final settlement.

Farooq Abdullah who had come under fire for his   call to support Hurriyat Conference  in their  struggle for “ azadi”  and  had  claimed that the current unrest in the Valley would not die down without the settlement of the Kashmir issue. He had also warned the governments at  Delhi and  Srinagar that  “ repression would further inflame the  fire burning within the restive youth of Kashmir.”

These comments made by him on   a commemorative ceremony to  mark the 111th birth anniversary of his father and founder of National Conference Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah  in Srinagar on Monday last  had fluttered the political spectrum across Jammu and Kashmir. Some went on to  describe those as anti-national and few others resorted to the traditional way of protest by burning his effigies.


Farooq  who was chief minister three times  told reporters here on Thursday that “ the K issue cannot be resolved within the parameters of the Indian constitution,” in a changed tune for  he had been the advocate of greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir within the  constitution of India.

“ Did Tashkent  pact, Shimla Agreement  and Lahore declaration fall within the parameters of the Indian constitution. We will have to talk to Pakistan as  this is an  inescapable fact  f life ,” he said and also reminded the PDP- BJP  government of their agenda of alliance in which talks with all stakeholders were mentioned quite prominently.

“ India will have to talk to all stake holders, which included all political parties, Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir, parties of Jammu and Ladakh and Pakistan would have to initiate dialogue with the peoples of Muzzaffarabad, Gilgit, Baltistan, Skardu and  Hunza  ( the areas under  control of Pakistan).

He reiterated that there was no other way except dialogue to resolve K issue.