Srinagar, June 24: National Conference (NC) president and MP from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah Friday asked the government of India to shun its “stubborn attitude” and reframe its Kashmir policy.
He said this while addressing party workers, functionaries and delegates in Central Kashmir's Magam hamlet, a statement from the party said.
Lamenting the “my way or the highway” attitude of the ruling party at New Delhi, Dr Farooq said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly, Kashmiris are paying a heavy price for the Center's Kashmir policy.
“While the government and its air dropped administration in Kashmir is busy in its usual pomp and show, the people of J&K continue to suffer from rising unemployment, development deficit, inflation and deepening alienation all at the same time as never before. All the democratic institutions in Jammu and Kashmir have been diluted to fit in the vision of a particular political party,” he stated, adding, “There is fear, anxiety, concern, and insecurity everywhere. Our people, particularly our youth, have been pushed to the margins.”
The votaries of “muscular policy” in Kashmir, Dr Farooq observed, need to take a step back and ask themselves if such a policy has succeeded elsewhere in the world.
“The post 2019 policy landscape of Kashmir has no space for dialogue. It only relies on obliterating the legacy and icons of the region's constitutional and historical uniqueness. This has to change. There can be no headway without changing this. Peace cannot be achieved through force,” he said.
NC prez expresses grief over loss of lives in Afghanistan
National Conference (NC) president and Member of the Parliament from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah Friday expressed grief over the earthquake that hit Afghanistan on Wednesday, leading to the loss of over 1000 lives.
Expressing grief over the losses inquired by Afghan people, Dr Farooq said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the impact of the devastating earthquake that took the lives of at least 1,000 people in Afghanistan. I'm hopeful the people of Afghanistan will not give up in these challenging times. On this sad occasion, we stand with all the victims in Afghanistan and remain in hope for their quick renewal and healing,” he said.
Earlier Dr Farooq Abdullah offered Friday Congregational prayers at Asaar-e-Sharief Dargah Hazratbal.