January 2000 News

Kashmir incomplete without KPs: Farooq

29 January 2000
Daily Excelsior

JAMMU, Jan 29: Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah has said Kashmir will never be same without the Pandits who have been forced to flee the Valley by Pak militants.

Dr Abdullah who was the chief guest at a cultural function "Aas" (Hope) organised by Youngs India, a social and cultural organisation at Abhinav Theatre here today, regretted that Kashmir is no longer a paradise now.

He said the Valley will again become the paradise only when the Kashmiri migrants languishing at here and different parts of the country will return to their homes and hearths.

While reciting a couplet of famous Mughal King Jhangir "Agar Firdose Baroye Zameen Ast, Hami Ast, Hami Ast, Hami Ast" ,(if there is paradise on the earth it is here, it is here, it is here), he reversed it saying "Agar Jahnam Hai, Woh Wahi Hai, Wahi Hai, Wahi Hai" (if there is hell on the earth it is there, it is there, it is there.)

Without naming Pakistan Dr Abdullah made a strong dig at the neighboring country for sending armed desperadoes to Jammu and Kashmir to disturb peace here and advised her to stop this practice for good.

He expressed the hope that good sense will prevail upon the rulers of that country and they will stop sending the intruders in this side of the border.

He warned that he who digs a pit for others some day falls in it and same is the position of neighbour at present as it has fallen in the pit which it had dug to destabilise our country.

He, however, made an appeal to the rulers of the neighboring country to restrain from such inhuman and wicked activities as this will have serious consequences for her. Dr Abdullah while stressing on the preservation of culture in a humorous way said that intercaste marriages are posing a threat to our culture but unfortunately I too could not stop it as I myself have married to a foreign lady and later my son also married a Punjabi girl.

He said if we are really interested in preserving the culture we should stop intercaste marriages and if such marriages will continue our culture will end some day.

The Chief Minister also announced Rs 20,000 from CM's fund for the Youngs India and assured it to seek more help for this organisation from UNICEF.

Dr Abdullah said if we want that our culture should flourish we should conduct such programmes and said that his Government will provide all assistance and help to talented young artists.

The Chief Minister asked the cultural organisations to come forward and project young talented artists who will be provided all assistance from Cultural Academy.

The programme was dedicated to orphan children of Jammu and Kashmir state.


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