February 2000 News

NC Ministers have links with ISI: Kukka Parray

16 February 2000
The Hindu
By Shujaat Bukhari

JAMMU: The chief of the Jammu and Kashmir Awami League (JKAL), Mr. Kukka Parray, today alleged that at least 11 Ministers and MLAs of the National Conference (NC) and about 40 officials had links with Pakistan and its ISI.

Mr. Parray said he wanted to identify them during the Assembly session last year, but was not allowed to do so. ``I was called by the Chief Minister, to whom I gave the name of a member and Dr. Abdullah himself identified four more persons. He assured me that he would take action against them nothing has been done so far,'' he told a crowded news conference here.

``Now I have decided to name the Ministers, MLAs and officers in the coming session (which begins on February 23) and if I am not allowed, I will call a press conference,'' Mr. Parray said.

Terming the demand for autonomy ``a cover-up of the failures and glaring nepotism and corruption of the Government'' he said, ``we cannot go back to the pre-1953 situation''. There should be total integration with India. Mr. Parray said he had recently apprised the Centre including the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, of the latest situation in the State.

Mr. Parray described the NC Government as ``a militant-friendly'' regime.

The JKAL vice-president, Mr. Liyaqat, who was also present, said that recently an MLA of the ruling party had arranged a vehicle for three militants to go to Kupwara from Bijbehara.


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