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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday wished all the success to ensuing NSA level dialogue between India and Pakistan, hoping it will help in diffusing border situation along Line of Control and International Border and provide respite to terrified people of the State.
“Dialogue is imperative; the two countries should keep on talking”, Dr Abdullah said while interacting with the party workers, who met him in delegations, soon after his arrival from Srinagar on a two days visit to the winter capital. Dr Abdullah also hoped good sense to prevail upon Hurriyat leaders for not vitiating the atmosphere and allowing talks to go on amicably for the larger interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who are craving for lasting peace.
Peace and normalcy in the region, he said, will remain a distant dream as long as the two neighbours won’t sort out issues in conducive and friendly atmosphere. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have always remained at the receiving end whenever borders turned hot and referred to loss of human life in Balakote due to shelling from across the border. Farooq said he was pained to see the plight of border dwellers during his visit to forward areas in the Poonch district a few days ago. “Their miseries got added up due to callousness of the state government, which left them in lurch”, he said adding that nobody turned up to help them during the times of need. He referred to lack of medicare and ambulances for evacuating the injured to nearby hospital, saying this speaks of the sadistic approach of the government towards people.
Dr Abdullah expressed solidarity with border dwellers and wished guns to get silenced so that farmers can pursue their avocation; children go to schools and normal life to get reactivated. He said National Conference workers have been geared up in the border areas to remain at service of the suffering people.
Earlier, the National Conference President, accompanied by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana visited the historic Raghunath Bazar and interacted with the people. Whenever in Jammu, he makes it a point to visit the heritage market and interact with the people.
It was a pleasing sight for the onlookers to see Farooq Abdullah being surrounded by the jostling crowds with youngsters pushing one another aside to have pictures with him. The charismatic former Chief Minister let the feel of being one of them and enjoyed his moments with the people.
Dr Abdullah, who was in his usual best, waved at the people; mostly Vaishno Devi bound pilgrims, who have assembled on the pavements, exchanged pleasantries and wished the pilgrims a blissful journey. He had brief interactions with the members of trade and commerce, who greeted him in the market.
Earlier in Srinagar, NC leader Farooq Abdullah urged separatists not to meet Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit to India for talks with his Indian counterpart so that the two countries can find a way of ending tensions along the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I request them (separatists) not to meet Aziz and let the National Security Adviser-level talks go ahead between the two countries… may be something comes out of these talks that will (deal with) cross-border shelling,” the former J-K Chief Minister said.
Abdullah was responding to the Ministry of External Affairs’ ‘advice’ to Pakistan not to go ahead with Aziz’s engagement with the Kashmiri separatists during his visit to India for talks with NSA Ajit Doval on 23rd August.
Abdullah said that if the talks are called off by India, cross-border shelling would resume, “may be, with added intensity”.
He, meanwhile, slammed “vested interests” in both India and Pakistan for being opposed to peace prevailing in J-K.
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