Farooq Abdullah's "Third Party Intervention" at lunch
15 July 2001
The Asian Age
Agra: In his typically witty way, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee made a reference to Pakistan's insistence on involving third parties on the Kashmir issue during the lunch he hosted for President Pervez Musharraf in the capital on Saturday. As the two leaders were chatting during the lunch at Taj Palace hotel, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah walked towards them to join them in their talks. "Gen. Saheb, this is third party intervention taking place," Mr Vajpayee, known for his felicity with words, said, official sources said here. In response, the Pakistani leader just smiled, they added. Pakistan, after failing to secure the intervention of the United Nations and the United States in Kashmir, has of late been insisting on giving the Hurriyat Conference a role in restoring normalcy in the troubled state.