Fifth war with Pakistan is not the solution to a peaceful Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

Says despite repeated failures in attaining peace, dialogue is the only way to move forward

News Desk February 14, 2018
Kashmir's former chief minister Farooq Abdullah says whether India likes it or not, they will have to talk to Pakistan. PHOTO COURTESY: INDIA TODAY

Former Chief Minister of Indian Occupied Kashmir Farooq Abdullah,  stated that Kashmiris are tired of the cycle of violence and the only way to attain peace was through dialogue.

“Despite repeated failures in attaining peace in the violence-torn state, dialogue is the only way to move forward,” the National Conference MP said while giving an exclusive interview to India Today.

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“We have had four wars with Pakistan. Is a fifth war another way to move forward?" he asked. "We can't stop talking; we have to find a way forward. We might be able to find a solution."

Abdullah also said, “I think if we all put our heads together we will be able to find a solution. We should hold a conference in Delhi headed by the prime minister. It is not a single party that can find a solution; all parties should be called in," when he was asked how to stop the terror cycle.

Abdullah did not think it was necessary for PM Narendra Modi to initiate dialogue himself and suggested that other nations which are close to Pakistan and India should assist in this regard.

“I pray to god that the violence ends. Enough blood has been shed.”

The NC leader even offered his services to talk to separatists as long as it brings peace in Kashmir.

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He further expressed his concerns on how anything Kashmiris say is considered pro-Pakistan.

“My ministers and party workers have died, but we are still considered traitors. You cannot push Kashmiris to the wall. You have to move forward to win them back. Abdullah also called for releasing stone-pelters and making them realise their mistake.”

This article originally appeared in India Today