Srinagar(December 4, 2017): Former chief minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) Farooq Abdullah has expressed his disagreement over Indian prime minister Narendra Modi government’s Pakistan policy, saying that the two countries would have to talk to resolve the 70-year-old Kashmir dispute.
Addressing a media event in New Delhi, the former CM urged both the countries to engage in conflict resolution through talks, not war.
“Both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and should acknowledge the fact that a nuclear war is out of question and hence, engagement and innovative conflict resolution is the only option,” said the National Conference (NC) president.
“Those advocating violence and war are living in a fool’s paradise and their rhetoric is aimed at their own local constituencies. There is no other alternative but to talk and take into account the practical limitations of both sides,” Abdullah added.
He said that the conflict has inflicted enormous human, economic and political costs on the people of Kashmir, and they deserve a resolution now. “We cannot sacrifice the dreams and aspirations of another generation in Kashmir.
Now, the time has come for India and Pakistan to understand that they owe it to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to resolve this issue once for all,” he said.