April 2000 News

Abdullah threatens to quit if Centre reopens ''settled issues''

10 April 2000
Indian Express

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today threatened to resign if the Centre made an attempt to reopen ''settled issues'' of Kashmir, reports PTI. ''Any such move will not only create one Bosnia, but many Bosnias in Jammu and Kashmir,'' Abdullah told the state assembly. He said no government could talk with anybody outside the framework of the constitution as Indian people would never accept any compromise on Kashmir. Referring to the release of some Hurriyat leaders, Abdullah said a conscious decision was taken by the Centre and the state government after consultations to create a congenial atmosphere for restoring peace in the state. He said others would also be released to help bring normalcy in the state. On security provided to Hurriyat leaders, he said it was his duty to safeguard them. On the issue of autonomy, Abdullah said National Conference did not want anything which weakened the nation.


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