No Talks Between India, Pakistan Is Destructive For Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

31 October 2015

Srinagar: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah today expressed his displeasure over the deadlock in talks between India and Pakistan, saying the two nations should not close the doors on dialogue to solve the Kashmir issue as its absence was destructive for Kashmir. Slamming the war of words between the two countries, he asked India and Pakistan to desist from making statements which were 'bound to widen the gap'. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister suggested more people-to-people contact and ease visa rule for easy movement of people from either side of the Line of Control ( LoC) to bridge the gap. He asked India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to 'think alike and act in unison' to fight terrorism, without considering that one is a big nation and the other is small. 'No dialogue (between India and Pakistan) is a cause of destruction for us (Kashmir). India and Pakistan have to talk and solve the issue. The problem has to be resolved and they should not close the doors on dialogue,' he said, after an interaction with a civil society delegation from cross-LoC at his Gupkar residence here. A 50 member delegation, including 11 from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan, was in Srinagar for a three-day cross-LoC conference in which all stakeholders were urged to restart the processes towards resolving the Kashmir issue. Abdullah said, 'small pebbles' can be removed by dialogue between the two countries at various levels and then both the Prime Ministers can talk to resolve the issues. 'This is not something impossible. If both of them feel that the nations are getting destroyed due to the issue, then they should not stop the dialogue,' he said, and suggested back channel talks to reach a consensus to address outstanding issues. Terming as 'wrong' the war of words between the two countries, he said, we should desist from such statements which are bound to widen the gap, instead of bridging it.