Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, right now mentioned terrorism will proceed in Jammu and Kashmir till India initiates dialogue with its “neighbour”. “I’m sorry to say, terrorism will keep until we discuss to our neighbour and discover a resolution,” Mr Abdullah mentioned with out naming Pakistan. His comment got here hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s “we have now learnt our lesson” remark.
In an interview with Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV earlier right now, Mr Sharif had known as for “severe and honest talks” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on “burning factors like Kashmir”.
“We now have had three wars with India, they usually have solely introduced extra distress, poverty, and unemployment to the folks… We now have learnt our lesson, and we wish to dwell in peace with India, supplied we’re in a position to resolve our real issues,” Shehbaz Sharif mentioned. “My message to the Indian management and Prime Minister Modi is that permit’s sit down on the desk and have severe and honest talks to resolve our burning factors like Kashmir,” he had added.
Mr Abdullah mentioned India must discover a resolution to the problem and he had given the identical message of each nations being “united and of constructing bridges”, when former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sought his opinion earlier than travelling to Pakistan in 1999.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “mentioned overtly that conflict shouldn’t be an answer for something,” Mr Abdullah mentioned, remarking that Russia-Ukraine conflict was a living proof.
“India is a singular nation and it’s that as a result of all of us assume collectively…we have now to return to Gandhi’s India… the division has to finish if the nation has to progress,” Mr Abdullah mentioned. “The nation won’t ever be robust until we’re one,” he added.
Mr Abdullah additionally expressed unhappiness at a number of the present developments within the nation. “Take a look at the establishments, Governors, have a look at the Lt Governor… how they’re taking part in with the Structure… I might by no means consider this,” he mentioned at a guide launch occasion.
The guide, “A Life within the Shadows A Memoir”, has been written by former RAW chief AS Dulat, who retired from service in 2000. Mr Dulat additionally mentioned “terrorism (in J&Ok) won’t go away until we interact with Pakistan”.
He, nonetheless, added that he would “concede” that the extent of militancy has come down because of the “muscular coverage” adopted by the present dispensation. Militancy is native whereas terrorism comes from throughout the border, Mr Dulat mentioned.
Requested in regards to the relation between New Delhi and Kashmir, Mr Dulat mentioned the “disconnect with the folks has at all times been there and there was an absence of belief”.