April 2018 News

Farooq Bats For Internal Autonomy

8 April 2018
Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: Strongly pitching for dialogue between India and Pakistan, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said internal autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir within the framework of Indian Constitution and conversion of Line of Control into Line of Peace was a pragmatic way forward to herald peace in the region. 'India and Pakistan should resume the dialogue process and engage people of Jammu and Kashmir in an acceptable solution,' Farooq said while addressing workers at Balakote, Mendhar. He said sagacity lies in acknowledging the realities and shedding the baggage of the past. The former chief minister reverted back to the Indo-Pak hostilities in nineties and said Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had invited President Parvez Musharraf despite Kargil 'incursion' and his political wisdom worked in terms of ceasefire agreement which brought cheer in the lives of border people for a pretty long time. 'Why can't Vajpayee spirit be emulated by his political inheritors,' he said and cautioned against extreme positions that could lead to devastation and destruction in the entire region. NC chief said the people of Jammu and Kashmir had 'decided their future in 1947 by acceding to Mahatma Gandhi's secular India and they will fight all machinations of reversing these well established credentials by polarizing forces'. He said India is not a religious specific but country of all, irrespective of religion, region and caste. 'This legacy cannot be trampled by fringe elements, currently holding the centre-stage in Indian politics, as majority of Hindus disapprove politics of polarization and division.' Without naming BJP, Abdullah said the current spell of governance in New Delhi has created chaos all over, with people feeling their identities threatened and thus taking to streets. In this context, he referred to current unrest over the dilution of SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and said the minorities too were feeling unsafe due to reactionary politics. Farooq cautioned people against the divisive politics, saying that attempts are being made to create wedge in the society on the basis of region and religion. 'All this is being done with a sinister motive of fragmenting Jammu and Kashmir into three different regions,' he said and warned those nurturing this 'nightmarish dream'. 'National Conference would fight these designs tooth and nail,' Abdullah said. 'Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will remain a single entity and no power on the earth can disintegrate it.' He asked people to be united, which he termed as the forceful weapon to fight elements inimical to J&K's single entity character.