End politics of intrigue: Farooq
9 October 2000
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today said that only friendly relations between India and Pakistan could bring peace in the region. He called for an end to the politics of intrigue which has led to nothing but destruction. He was speaking in the Assembly which began its week- long autumn session today, paying obituary references to Begum Akbar Jehan, wife of the late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, former Minister Zainab Begum, Union Power Minister, P.R. Kumaramangalam, and former judge of the State High Court, I.K. Kotwal. The House suspended all other proceedings, including question hour, for the day. Recalling the contribution of his mother, Begum Akbar Jehan, Dr. Abdullah said that she passed through extremely difficult times, particularly when her husband was in jail. But she did not lose courage in working for the people in the absence of Sheikh Saheb, said Dr. Abdullah. Quoting his mother, he said she had a cherished desire to see good relations between India and Pakistan. As her parents also lived in Pakistan and were buried there, she was always praying for harmonious relations between the two countries. ''Let us also pray for friendly relations between India and Pakistan, so that the people of the region could live in a peaceful atmosphere.''. According to him only friendly relations between them could make the region stable. The Chief Minister further said that the politics of intrigue had become the order of the day, and this only leads to destruction. ''If we are going to save the nation, we have to put an end to these intrigues,'' he asserted. Dr. Abdullah also paid rich tributes to Kumaramangalam and described him as an upright politician who devoted himself into the cause of people, and lauded the services of Zainab Begum and Justice Kotwal in their respective areas. ''Kashmir was never part of India'' The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr. G. M. Shah, today questioned India''s stand that the State was part of the country and said the Kashmir issue could be resolved only through tripartite talks involving Pakistan. ''Kashmir was never part of India. Its relations with snapped right in 1947,'' Mr. Shah, brother-in-law of the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, and president of the J and K Awami National Conference, said. Admitting that Pakistan sabotaged the recent peace talks between the Centre and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, he said peace would dawn only through tripartite talks.