Srinagar, October 25 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, pitching for Pakistan-India dialogue, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah has said peace in the region will remain elusive unless a favourable atmosphere is created for talks between the two neighboring countries.
“India and Pakistan should work towards this objective’, Farooq Abdullah said while addressing a public meeting at the border township of Mendhar on the second leg of his two-day visit to the Jammu region, yesterday.
NC president recalled the sagacious and apt statement of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee about ‘friends can be changed but not neighbours’ and hoped that this spirit will help both the nations to work for peace.
Referring to the prevailing political scenario, he expressed surprise over the logic being advanced by the present Modi government that statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir after completion of the delimitation of constituencies and holding of elections. It is strange, he said and recalled the all-party meeting with Modi a few months ago in which he took up these issues. Narendra Modi had at that point of time asserted that the gap between New Delhi and J&K will have to be bridged by winning over the hearts.
“Hearts cannot be won by undermining the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which was bifurcated and then downgraded”, he said, adding that it must have happened for the first time that any state is transformed and downgraded as a Union Territory. He said the urges and aspirations of the people have to be satiated for lasting peace. KMS—4K