Autonomy issue still alive, says Farooq
12 October 2000
The Times of India
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government will start discussions with the Centre on the autonomy issue soon, chief minister Farooq Abdullah said on Thursday.The CM told The Times of India News Service that the autonomy issue was still alive.Asked to comment on the delay in the constitution of the ministerial committee by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Farooq said: ''Do not ask too many questions on autonomy. If we talk more, it will spoil our relations with the Centre (Bedagark ho jayega).''Earlier, the private member''s resolution tabled by CPM legislator Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami in the state assembly to express the displeasure of the House over the summary rejection of the assembly''s resolution passed during the July session, could not be taken up. Tarigami alleged there was a sabotage.The House took up for discussions three other resolutions moved by the members.The CM informed the House that Doda, Rajouri and Poonch would not be declared disturbed areas and the three districts would not be handed over to the Army. He was replying to the debate on a resolution moved by Ashok Kumar Sharma of the Congress.Farooq said 5,000 sophisticated rifles had been given to the village defence committees in these districts to fight the militants. He hoped that with the US and Russia supporting India in fighting militancy, Pakistan would realise the situation and give up the proxy war. According to Farooq, both Hindus and Muslims in these three districts had become soft targets. He complimented the security forces for their action against militants.