December 2001 News

Conversion of LoC into IB only solution to Kashmir: Farooq

6 December 2001
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today said the only solution to the Kashmir issue was possible through conversion of Line of Control (LoC) to International Border or targeting the militant camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. ''I have been saying this for so long but I do not know why unnecessary impediments are caused in its way. Let us think logically, is there any other solution in sight,'' Abdullah asked. Delivering a speech on ''Terrorism in South Asia'', the Chief Minister said if this was achieved then people to people contact between the two countries can resume and other activities including the trade will have a better prospect. He regretted that some of the politicians in the country were rejecting the idea. ''If you cannot do this, then let us bomb the militant camps. If the United States can come from 1000 kilometres away and blast terrorists in Afghanistan, can we not cross even one kilometre,'' the Chief Minister asked. Abdullah said the world was today one in its fight against terrorism and there could be no condemnation from any where if the camps were bombed. ''If we dont do it, then the future generations are going to curse us like anything,'' he said. Taking a dig at the self-styled champions of human rights, Abdullah said ''why is that human rights is applicable to only us and not to those (terrorists) who are sent by Pakistan.'' The Chief Minister said he was not prepared to take condemnation from human rights organisation against the security personnel, who were butchered mercilessly by militants and stooges of Pakistan. ''There have been credible evidences that Pakistan army officers have been giving direction to militants while carrying out suicide attacks or in killing of security personnel,'' Abdullah said. Referring to Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance, Abdullah said ''it is an irony that some politicians have been saying that the law is anti-Muslim. But I, who lead the countryís only Muslim majority State, will implement it.'' He said it was high time politicians stopped opposing for the sake of opposition and worked towards building a stronger nation. He also called upon the industralist to come forward and provide jobs for unemployed by setting up small-scale industries in the far flung areas of the country. ''I know there is red-tape in the Government which prevents speedy industralisation of the country but let us come forward and over shadow it,'' he added. The Chief Minister also expressed surprise over the US silence on Pakistan soldiers involvement in helping the Taliban in Kandahar and Kunduz provinces. He said the USís close relations with Pakistan forced India to move closer to Russia. Infact Russia always vetoed in the Security Council when the Kashmir issue came up for vote, he added. Dr Abdullah said that lopsided development was one of the major causes for the spread of terrorism. Terrorism can be effectively stamped out by economic development. Pakistan had also succeeded in taking advantage of economic deprivation of the people in Jammu and Kashmir, he said and pointed out that even after 50 years, scores of villages in the State are without power and drinking water facilities.


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