Farooq Abdullah Wishes To Be Pak, India Bridge14 August 2011
Islamabad: Equating for the first time in post-independence history both Pakistan and India at the parallel level Dr Farooq Abdullah, sitting Indian minister and president National Conference (IHK) says his party resolves to work as ‘a bridge between Pakistan and India’. Presently the National Conference is running the Srinagar administration under Farooq’s son Omar Abdullah. Dr Farooq sent, reports said, felicitation messages to both Islamabad and New Delhi on the independence days of Pakistan and India, urging resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir. It is for the first time that the chief of the National Conference, a political platform whom Kashmiris hold responsible for their ever worsening woes and wailings has come out with a rarer ‘offer’ to act as a bridge between Pakistan and India. Dr Farooq Abdullah, two months back, in an occupied Jammu press conference had quizzed himself: ‘Why can’t I go to Sialkot and take tea there, and people from across come here (Jammu) and take tea?’ Be it remembered that from Sialkot the city of Jammu is only 11 miles away with a rail link. Sialkot used to be the educational and market hub for the people of Jammu in pre-1947 era. In 1944 the last extensive and historically triumphant visit Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah undertook to Jammu and Kashmir was via Suchetgarh Jammu starting on May 13 that year, ending on July 26, 1944 back to Rawalpindi via Jhelum Valley staying for a night at Muzaffarabad city rest house now under army use. The visit success had stunned the Congress to its grinding teeth rage.