Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday urged the government of India to seize the golden opportunity and hold talks with all the stakeholders in the state, saying the opening of channels of dialogue between the centre and the state will led to successful outcomes.
The spokesman said that party president while underscoring the inevitability of the process of dialogue said, “On June 22, 2019, the state government had said that the Hurriyat was ready for talks. I believe BJP should use its massive mandate to solve the protracted issue of Jammu and Kashmir. There is no other alternative to dialogue. It is the institution of dialogue that will commit both to listen, reflect and question in order to reach a greater understanding. It is an apt time for the center to open all channels of dialogue with the Hurriyat. We have been hearing the Catch-words of “Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, and Insaniyat” for long now, however, nothing substantial was done to materialize them.”
He further added, “BJP led central government should without much delay tread the path as shown by Vajpayee. The center should move in that direction and hold talks with all stakeholders in the state on the principles advocated by him. The measure of opening a dialogue with all the stakeholders will certainly act as a catalyst for restoring peace in the ill-fated state of ours. It is high time for BJP to turn its massive mandate into an aggressive engagement with all the stakeholders.”
Party president while necessitating for a dialogue said, “The central government should also address to the external dimensions of the issue and use the method of tact and diplomacy. The central government should continue with the good work done by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Pakistan too should attend to the genuine grievances of India. The much touted ‘Neighborhood first’ policy of the BJP led central government would not be able to give India much anticipated diplomatic dividends if neighbours are left out on this front. I am of the thought that India and Pakistan bonhomie is indispensable for the fight against terrorism. The new government in the Center with a far bigger mandate will certainly earn more esteem if it is able to bring peace in the region. Now it is for the central government to consider if it wants to go down the lane of history as a government that wasn’t able to find a solution to the longstanding problem plaguing the region.”
While rejecting the frequent tirade of BJP ministers against the Art 370, Art 35- A he said, “The Prime minister should stop the untaught and unintelligent rants emanating from his party. The matter of Art 35-A is sub-judice and it is therefore not appropriate for anybody to comment on it. On the other hand, the Supreme Court has recently opined in its April 3rd judgment that Art 370 has acquired permanent status.”
“The provision of Art 370 was not given to us by the then Prime Minister Nehru, but the constituent assembly of India. The motion was supported by the then home minister Vallab Bhai Patel, and the then industries minister Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. In addition to that Art 370 is powered by the conditional instrument of accession previously signed by Maharaja Hari Singh. Moreover, the state of Jammu and Kashmir didn’t sign any merger papers which were signed by other princely states, our erstwhile head of state Maharaja only signed a document of accession subject to conditions. Subsequently, the state and the center entered into an accord, the Delhi agreement of 1952 as it is referred to as. The accord was ratified by the parliament of India and subsequently by the constituent assembly of the state. As such any unscrupulous fiddling with special status of the state will inversely hit the bond of the state with the union. Likewise, Art 1 will come under shadow if the Art 370 is fiddled with.”
Meanwhile, the party president said the Kashmiris have always taken it upon themselves to support Shri Amarnath Yatra. “Honorable governor has himself said that the Yatra has always been supported by the locals. Then one fails to understand why locals are put to undue duress by coming up with reckless traffic gags and highways bans. I urge the government to do away with the highway ban. Such a decision does not behoove a democratic country like that of ours.”
While expressing dismay over the appalling condition of the train service in the valley said, “The condition of the train is unclean and the compartments are presenting a filthy appearance. The party president even raised the issue in the parliament the other day. He sought immediate improvement of the facilities being given to the commuters on the train.”