Bullet for Bullet in Kashmir valley will only worsen the situation, says Farooq Abdullah

By: | Published: February 24, 2017 5:40 PM

The tourism season is about to start and if this death and destruction continues, who will come here, he asked? Who is going to suffer because of that, he again asked? It is the poor people here who depend on tourism," he said.

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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah on Friday in a conference on peace between India and Pakistan said that violence in Kashmir valleywas worsening the situation of poor people who earn from tourism. “If you want to improve the situation in Kashmir, then the only way is to start a dialogue. The talk of bullet for bullet will only make things worse,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function.  National Conference president, Abdullah on Friday also called for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to restore peace in the region.

“Death and destruction should come to an end so that the people of Kashmir can live in peace. The tourism season is about to start and if this death and destruction continues, who will come here, he asked? Who is going to suffer because of that, he again asked? It is the poor people here who depend on tourism,” he said.

He also asked for a high-level judicial commission to be constituted to look into the matter as to why the Kashmiri youth were taking up arms. “We have to take into account their (militants’) sentiments. What is the reason for their taking up arms? A high-level judicial commission should be constituted to look into what is compelling the youth to take up arms,” he said.
Referring to a comment by the Army chief Bipin Rawat asking the youth not to participate in anti-insurgency operations, Abdullah said “That is not right. That is unfortunate because if you have to address a problem, the solution does not lie in guns but talks.”

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He was talking about how India and Pakistan need to come together and resume the stalled dialogue process to resolve the long standing Kashmir problem. “Bullet cannot be an answer to a bullet. Bullet can be answered by patience, love and through dialogue. We should desist from that and hope India and Pakistan come to the dialogue table and a new phase of talks will resume so that this problem is resolved,” said Abdullah.

He added that, it is “imperative that an effort be made towards restoration of peace (in Kashmir). Both the countries should talk peace. There is no other option. Dialogue is the only way and we have to tread that path. There is some reason why people are doing this (protesting near encounter sites). We have to look into that reason and address that reason so that the guns stop and peace prevails in the state.”

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